Release Digest: GNU, December 24, 2003Dec 24, 2003, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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We are pleased to announce the availability of a new stable GnuPG release: Version 1.2.4
The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) is GNU's tool for secure communication and data storage. It is a complete and free replacement of PGP and can be used to encrypt data and to create digital signatures. It includes an advanced key management facility and is compliant with the proposed OpenPGP Internet standard as described in RFC2440.
This is mainly a bug fix release; for details see the "What's New" section below.
Getting the Software
GnuPG 1.2.4 can be downloaded from one of the GnuPG mirror sites or direct from ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt . The list of mirrors can be found at http://www.gnupg.org/mirrors.html . Note, that GnuPG is not available at ftp.gnu.org/.
On the mirrors you should find the follwing files in the gnupg directory:
GnuPG source compressed using BZIP2 and OpenPGP signature.
GnuPG source compressed using GZIP and OpenPGP signature.
A patch file to upgrade a 1.2.3 GnuPG source. This file is signed; you have to use GnuPG > 0.9.5 to verify the signature. GnuPG has a feature to allow clear signed patch files which can still be processed by the patch utility.
In the binary directory, you should find these files:
GnuPG compiled for Microsoft Windows and OpenPGP signature. Note that this is a command line version and comes without a graphical installer tool. You have to use an UNZIP utility to extract the files and install them manually. The included file README.W32 has further instructions.=20
Checking the Integrity
In order to check that the version of GnuPG which you are going to install is an original and unmodified one, you can do it in one of the following ways:
If you are upgrading from a version prior to 1.0.7, you should run the script tools/convert-from-106 once. Please note also that due to a bug in versions prior to 1.0.6 it may not be possible to downgrade to such versions unless you apply the patch http://www.gnupg.org/developer/gpg-woody-fix.txt .
Here is a list of major user visible changes since 1.2.2:
GnuPG comes with support for 27 languages:
Languages marked with [*] were not updated for this release and you may notice untranslated messages. Many thanks to the translators for their ongoing support of GnuPG.
GnuPG 1.2.x is the current stable branch and won't undergo any serious changes. We will just fix bugs and add compatibility fixes as required.
GnuPG 1.3.x is the version were we do most new stuff and it will lead to the next stable version 1.4 not too far away.
GnuPG 1.9.x is brand new and flagged as experimental. This version merged the code from the Aegypten project and thus it includes the gpg-agent, a smartcard daemon and gpg's S/MIME cousin gpgsm. The design is different to the previous versions and we won't support any ancient systems - thus POSIX compatibility will be an absolute requirement for supported platforms. 1.9 is based on the current 1.3 code and has been released to have software ready to play with the forthcoming OpenPGP smartcard.
The OpenPGP smartcard is a specification of an ISO 7816 based application to generate or import keys into a smartcard and provide all functionality to use this card with OpenPGP. The specification features 3 1024 bit RSA keys (signing, decryption and authentication) as well as utility data objects to make integration easy. GnuPG 1.3.x supports this card; see http://g10code.com/p-card.html .
Please consider to buy maintenance points to help with the development; see http://g10code.com/products.html#maintpoints.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year,
The GnuPG team (David, Stefan, Timo and Werner)
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