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Linux Journal: Cooking with Linux: François, Can You Keep a Secret?

Mar 17, 2004, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

[ Thanks to Marcel Gagné for this link. ]

Please sit, mes amis. We have an almost perfect menu for you today, but sadly it's missing one item. Still, the Côte-Rôtie Rhône, red that is both sexy and mysterious, should help take away from its absence. I had so wanted to prepare my famous Crème Linuxaise for you today, but there were problems. You see, the Linuxaise is an old and secret family recipe, and I could not risk it falling into the wrong hands. Nor could I risk sending it by e-mail for fear of it being intercepted or read by a network sniffer; otherwise, François could have prepared it in advance. It is that secret!

"Next time, however, will not be a problem. I am setting up all users at the restaurant with GnuPG and public key encryption so that sensitive communications can be sent without fear. GnuPG is the GNU Privacy Guard, a program that makes it possible to encrypt messages and data in general. It is a patent-free, open-source replacement for PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). A number of Linux e-mail packages allow you to send and receive encrypted e-mails using GnuPG, and this is what I'd like to show you today. Most modern distributions have GnuPG included, so if you don't have it on the system, check your CD first. You also can find the latest version at www.gnupg.org, but first, a little background..."

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