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Re: GnuTLS for W32

From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: Re: GnuTLS for W32
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 19:51:10 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110018 (No Gnus v0.18) Emacs/24.0.92 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> The w32 "distribution" is just a single zip file which you unzip
> wherever you want it, and add the bin subdirectory to PATH.  A zip
> file cannot "decide" anything.
> The alternatives are:
>  . have GnuTLS as part of the binary zip

Having the network connections from Emacs be encrypted has traditionally
been a tricky issue.  The user had to install additional binaries and do
additional manual configuration to make stuff work.

With Emacs 24, almost all of the "built-in" interfaces (web, mail, news,
etc) now do encryption by default, if possible.

On Linux, it sounds like the major distributions, at least, are going to
make Emacs depend on libgnutls, which means that most Linux users are
going to start seeing encryption working by default, with no

So the question is: What do we want to do here about the binary
distributions that we do ourselves?  (And by "ourselves", I mean you,
obviously.  :-)

If the Windows version of Emacs 24 is the only one that doesn't have
network encryption enabled by default -- wouldn't that be less than
ideal?  If it's easy and possible to package up the gnutls libraries in
the distribution, wouldn't that be a win, overall?

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