in short I'm learning GUI programming in python and thought it could be interesting to make a small GUI for symmetric encryption. Not being mad/mathematical/experienced (take your pick) enough to try to implement ciphers myself I figured I could create a GUI that just sits on top of an existing program (on Linux). So I found gpg and mcrypt.
I have been googling like mad but finding very little information about mcrypt other than it is "a replacement for the old crypt program in Linux". Also mcrypt seems to list Rrijndael in stead of AES (so guessing it is the Rrijndael cipher rather than the AES implementation of it?)
Now, save that mcrypt has an implementation of Serpent and gpg comes with the ability to sign/verify the encrypted file, is there any great differences or advantages/disadvantages to one or the other? currently finding mcrypt fascinating.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.