GNU Privacy Guard 1.0.0 released

“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 a RFC2440 (OpenPGP) compliant application.”


  • Full replacement of PGP.
  • Does not use any patented algorithms.
  • GPLed, written from scratch.
  • Can be used as a filter program.
  • Full OpenPGP implementation.
  • Better functionality than PGP and some security
  • 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
  • User id is created in a standard format.
  • Support for a key expiration date.
  • French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian),
    Russian and Spanish language support.
  • Online help system
  • Optional anonymous message receivers.
  • Integrated support for HKP keyservers (wwwkeys.pgp.net)
  • and many more things….

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