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Date: 1999-01-03

GnuPG: Freie Krypto für die Welt

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Das ist die einzig wahre Antwort auf die Verschärfung des
Wassenaarvertrags: Ein neues Verschlüssungsprogramm,
stark, PGP-kompatibel & natürlich Open Source.
Gnu-PG liegt in einer ersten Beta vor, wir ersuchen die p.t.
Zyffer/Zampanos auf der Liste höflichst um eine

als vorgezogenes post/scrypt für 1999 gilt: Echelon muss
draussen bleiben - get free crypto now!
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GnuPG is a complete and free replacement for PGP.
Because it does not use IDEA or RSA it can be used without
any restrictions. GnuPG is nearly in compliance with
RFC2440 (OpenPGP).

And what about Wassenaar? Don't Panic: The General
Software Note explicitly says that software in the "public
domain" is not controlled by this list.


Full replacement of PGP. Does not use any patented
algorithms. GPLed, written from scratch. Can be used as a
filter program. Implements the PGP packet format as
described in RFC1991 with some enhancements and will be
compatible to OpenPGP. Better functionality than PGP and
some security enhancements. Decrypts and verifies PGP 5.x
messages. Supports ElGamal (signature and encryption),
DSA, 3DES, Blowfish, Twofish, CAST5, MD5, SHA-1, RIPE-
MD-160 and TIGER. Easy implementation of new algorithms
using extension modules. User id is created in a standard
format. Support for a key expiration date. Brazilian, French,
German, Italian, Russian and Spanish language support.
Online help system Optional anonymous message receivers.


GnuPG is now in beta test and we are working towards a 1.0
version. It is already quite stable but we have to do more

Not yet done:

A Manual. A new keyserver system.

Supported Systems

GnuPG works fine on GNU/Linux with x86, alpha, sparc64,
m68k or powerpc CPUs. (x86 is my primary development
system, the other CPUs are only checked from time to time)

It compiles okay on GNU/Hurd but because Mach has no
random device, it should not be used for real work. It should
be easy to add the random device driver from Linux to the
Hurd - Anyone?

FreeBSD with x86 CPU works fine. OpenBSD works fine
(x86 CPU?).

GnuPG compiles and runs on many more systems, but due
to the lack of a good random number source, it should not be
used on these systems. I have reports on these systems:
HPUX v9.x and v10.x with HPPA CPU, IRIX v6.3 with MIPS
R10000 CPU, SunOS, Solaris on sparc and x86, Windoze 95
and WNT with x86 CPUs.


relayed by Miki San

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