monkeysign 2.1.0

  * new minor release for new features and lots of bugfixes, outline:
    * GnuPG 2.1 support
    * better handling of corner cases (revoked or expired key material,
      large webcams) and better error messages)
    * better SMTP support (no cleartext, SSMTP)
    * move everything to to ease collaboration
    * expand and convert documentation to reStructured Text and ship it in
      a -doc package
    * command to sendmail customizable through --mta (message piped
      through stdin) or --mua (encrypted key attached on the commandline)
    * space-separated fingerprints allowed for -u, which means -u needs to
      be separated from the signed fingerprint with -- now
    * configuration file support, which is written with --save
    * crude preferences window in GUI
    * detailed changelog below - this is the result of 2 years of work!

The 2.1.0 release was published today to Debian unstable and (a novelty) on PyPI. This release fixes numerous bugs and implements a bunch of new features as well. The most notable features are support for third-party email clients, configuration files and preliminary GnuPG 2.1 support. Key bugfixes include better handling of revoked and expired key material that has been plaguing us for years.

The complete changelog is available on the new collaborative Gitlab platform hosted at, along with a new issue queue. The documentation was also completely revamped and moved to It is also shipped in a -doc Debian package for offline viewing.

The bugfixes have unfortunately not been integrated in the 2.0.x branch, which means that Debian Jessie and derivatives will probably not see those updates unless someone goes through the painstaking process of picking and backporting specific patches to fix various issues. Furthermore, it is not yet completely clear that all those issues are fixed, so I will wait until the 2.1.x branch matures before attempting such a backport. In particular, it is possible the GnuPG 2.1 support may still be lacking, see issue #9 for more information about this epic battle.

Around 10 different people contributed to this release, including 4 new translators, 4 new developers and a new documentation person! It is hoped that the new collaborative platform will make new contributions more easily shared and discussed and will bring new maintainers to the project. Those people are now documented in a special section of the program, hopefully I haven't forgotten anyone.

To install Monkeysign, see the completely revamped install documentation. If you are interested in contributing to the project, you can find more information in the new contributing section. And we have started a new usage manual that would welcome your review, feedback and improvements.

Enjoy this new release of Monkeysign!