[cryptography] why did OTR succeed in IM?

Ben Laurie ben at links.org
Sat Mar 23 09:36:34 EDT 2013

On 23 March 2013 09:25, ianG <iang at iang.org> wrote:
> Someone on another list asked an interesting question:
>      Why did OTR succeed in IM systems, where OpenPGP and x.509 did not?

Because Adium built it in?

> (The reason this is interesting (to me?) is that there are not so many
> instances in our field where there are open design competitions at this
> level.  The results of such a competition can be illuminating as to what
> matters and what does not.  E.g., OpenPGP v. S/MIME and SSH v. secure telnet
> are two such competitions.)
> iang
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