I will start with the new "transition" page which I've added for the key download phase. Before going more in depth, I have to say that the app knows at each moment in what state it is, which really helps in adding more functionality.
The transition page will give user more feedback about the download status of a key, because in the old gnome-keysign GUI, when the download was interrupted the GUI didn't show anything. Now, the GUI is more explicit about the process:
If the download fails, the spinner widget stops and an error message is shown. If the download is successful, the app will auto-advance to the confirmation page and the user is presented with details for the key he's about to sign:
A few people noticed that I am displaying short key ids in the GUI. I want to say that the entire key fingerprint is used when authenticating a downloaded key. The other info shown in the GUI are just key details that I'm getting from GnuPG and I'm displaying in the interface.
Though, I will stop displaying the 8 chars ID , because user may be influenced somehow by this.
Other changes that have been done since the last post were:
- added a "Confirm" button to sign a key
- added a transition phase for the key signing also
- implement the "Refresh" keylist button
- minor GUI adjustments
- use logging instead of print
- improve code quality
Apart from these, one major change is the GPG functionality added to the new GUI. The gpgmh.py file made by Tobias acts as a common interface for what gpg libraries we'll use in the future. For now, you can test the new GUI with your own keys on the gpgmh branch . This requires having the 'monkeysign' package installed .
In the following week I'm adding the widgets for the QR code and the QR scanner, as well as making a simple script that will create a flatpack app.