The problem that a new unified secrets API is proposed to solve is not the absence of a keeping place for secrets or an API for that keeping place, it is the incompatibility of the existing implementations: to date, there is no way to share your secrets among the programs you run, you have to copy them about manually. The exceptions are that you *can* share them amongst GNOME applications and, separately, amongst KDE applications.
See also 'monkeysphere', recently announced, which tries to solve a similar problem (in a completely different way).
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