[clug-talk] GPG Tutorial

Jon me at jonwatson.ca
Sun Sep 25 17:32:39 PDT 2005

Hi Jarrod,

I used to have GPG installed on my earlier Fedora box, but haven't gotten 
around to setting it up on my newer Kanotix.

I'm not sure if you know, but I host a weekly podcast targetted at new 
GNU/Linux users titled, aptly, The GNU/Linux User Show.

I'd love to do a show on GPG. How would you feel about talking me through 
setting GPG up via Skype so I can record the call and use it on a future show 
about GPG?

Since we're talking to new users here we don't get too bogged down in the 
weeds about technical stuff. All I'd want to cover off with you is:

1. What GPG is (a little banter about public key encryption would be cool - 
it's an interest of mine)
2. Where to get it/install it
3. How to set it up
4. How to use it.

That's about it.

The show is hitting well over 1,000+ per show, so this would be a great 
oppotunity to hit beginner users with the whole digital signing/encryption 
thing right at the get go.

Of course you'd get proper credit, links to wherever you want, I'll pump up 
the CLUG, etc. I'm all about karma!

Let me know what you think either on or off list.



On September 25, 2005 06:24 pm, Jarrod Major wrote:
> I figured i should start a separate thread for this as it could be missed
> in the other one if only a few people were reading it.
> I am offering tutelage in the setting up and use of GPG Public Key
> Encryption. This is open to anyone but subject to MY availability. I am
> available on IRC and Skype fairly often. If you want to get a jump on
> things you should consult:
> http://www.gnupg.org/gph/en/manual.html
> This is written very plainly and is very easy to follow even for nubes.
> The requirement is having GPG installed on your system. Most of the
> friendlier versions of Linux come with it preinstalled and ready for you to
> use. If it is not installed, it is not a very big package to install. If
> you use KDE then you can manage everything with the very excellent KGpg GUI
> tool, it can handle just about everything but also gives you the option of
> going command-line to do some of the more involved bits.
> I can't rave about this technology enough. With Shawn's concern over email
> of late, it exemplifies the need to use such an excellent tool like this.
> If you are able to sign your messages with your GPG key then everyone who
> has your public key may verify that it was you that sent the message. This
> is very important especially for our Executives who send meeting or special
> event notices from time to time. Having the ability to check the validity
> of a message is a good thing when you are talking about important
> information.
> Yes, we are somewhat protected by the fact that our mailing lists are for
> subscribers only but it is still possible for someone with malicious intent
> to get in and cause trouble.

Registered GNU/Linux User #391254

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