Mailpile

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Mailpile
Mailpile Vertical Logo.svg
Original author(s)Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson, Brennan Novak, Smári McCarthy[1][2]
Developer(s)The Mailpile Team
Initial release13 September 2014; 4 years ago (2014-09-13)[3]
Stable release1.0.0rc3 (May 17, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-05-17)[4]) [±]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inPython
Operating systemLinux, macOS, Windows
PlatformWeb platform
Available inMore than 14 languages[which?][5]
TypeWebmail
LicenseAffero General Public License v3[6]
Websitewww.mailpile.is

Mailpile is a free and open-source email client with the main focus of privacy and usability. It is a webmail client, albeit one run from the user's computer, as a downloaded program launched as a local website.

Features[edit]

In the default setup of the program, the user is given a public and a private PGP key, for the purpose of (respectively) receiving encrypted email and then decrypting it.[7] Mailpile uses PGP and stores all locally generated files in encrypted form on-disk. The client takes an opportunistic approach to finding other users to encrypt to, those that support it, and integrates this in the process of sending email.

History[edit]

Mailpile started out as a search engine in 2011.[1]

Crowdfunding[edit]

The project gained recognition following a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, raising $163,192 between August and September 2013.[8][9] In the middle of the campaign, PayPal froze a large portion of the raised funds, and subsequently released them after Mailpile took the issue to the public on blogs and social media platforms including Twitter.[10][11]

Releases[edit]

Alpha[edit]

The first publicly tagged release 0.1.0[12] from January 2014 included an original typeface (also by the name of "Mailpile"), UI feedback of encryption and signatures, custom search engine, integrated spam-filtering support, and localization to around 30 languages.[13]

Alpha II[edit]

July 2014 This release introduced storing logs encrypted, partial native IMAP support, and the spam filtering engine gained more ways to auto-classify e-mail. The graphical interface was revamped. A wizard was introduced to help users with account setup.[14]

Beta[edit]

Mailpile released a beta version in September 2014.[15][16]

Beta II[edit]

January 2015 1024 bit keys were no longer being generated, in favour of stronger, 4096 bit PGP keys.[17]

Beta III[edit]

July 2015[18]

Release Candidate[edit]

A preliminary version of the 1.0 version was released on 13 August at the Dutch SHA2017 Hacker Camp, where the main developer gave a talk about the project.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Finley, Klint (August 26, 2013). "Open Sourcers Pitch Secure Email in Dark Age of PRISM". Wired. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "Mailpile.is". Mailpile Team. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  3. ^ Mailpile Team (13 September 2014). "One Year Later: Mailpile Beta". Mailpile Blog. Retrieved 29 September 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Releases - mailpile/Mailpile". Retrieved 1 October 2018 – via GitHub.
  5. ^ "Mailpile translation statistics". mailpile.is. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  6. ^ "Licensing AGPLv3". Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  7. ^ Finley, Klint (3 September 2014). "The Open Source Tool That Lets You Send Encrypted Emails to Anyone". Wired. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  8. ^ Lomas, Natasha (20 August 2013). "Mailpile Is A Pro-Privacy, Open Source Webmail Project That's Raised ~$100,000 On Indiegogo". TechCrunch. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Mailpile - taking e-mail back". IndieGoGo. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  10. ^ Hutchinson, Lee (5 September 2013). "PayPal freezes $45,000 of Mailpile's crowdfunded dollars". ArsTechnica. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  11. ^ Masnick, Mike (5 September 2013). "Insanity: PayPal Freezes Mailpile's Account, Demands Excessive Info To Get Access". TechDirt. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  12. ^ Release Notes 201401 Alpha, GitHub, 1 February 2014
  13. ^ Mailpile Team (1 February 2014). "Alpha Release: Shipping Bits and Atoms". Mailpile Blog. Retrieved 21 February 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ Release Notes 201406 Alpha II, GitHub, 3 July 2014
  15. ^ Release Notes 201409 Beta, GitHub, 30 September 2014
  16. ^ Hutchinson, Lee (15 September 2014). "Mailpile enters beta—It's like Gmail, but you run it on your own computer". Ars Technica. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  17. ^ Release Notes 201501 Beta II, GitHub, 20 January 2015
  18. ^ Release Notes 201507 Beta III, GitHub, 2 May 2017
  19. ^ Bjarni Rúnar: Mailpile: Still Hacking Anyway, mailpile : blog, 13 August 2017

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