Linux crypto killer apllication
Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Wed May 14 23:45:28 CEST 2008
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> What is missing in linux is a killer crypt application .
There are many, many things more important than this.
> I recently used two windows application pgp and bestcrypt . And they both
> have , disk encryption , mail encryption , key generator up to 8192 length ,
> text encryption , zip encryption .
If you want an encrypted disk partition, many Linux distros provide the
tools for that natively. OpenSuse 10.3 allows you to encrypt partitions
when you install the OS, for instance.
Regarding key length, anything past 2048 bits of RSA/ElGamal is, IMO,
patently ridiculous. If it were up to me GnuPG would not generate keys
larger than 2kbit. You do not gain anything when you move from 2kbit up
to 4kbit except larger RSA signatures.
> All these features are for linux from command line or together to other
> command line softwares and not really friendly for newbyes .
GnuPG is not a Linux application. GnuPG works on many, many different
OSes. Keeping it as a command-line application allows the GnuPG
developers to stay focused on making GnuPG work on a ton of different
systems, and not getting tied to one particular platform.
That said, there are _many_ GnuPG front-ends. I'm personally very fond
of Enigmail (http://enigmail.mozdev.org), which gives excellent GnuPG
integration into email.
> Will be any , of the above said features , implemented in gnupg in the
> future ?
Two last words o' warning.
First, I am not a GnuPG developer. They are, of course, free to do
whatever they like. That said, I'm pretty sure my representations here
Second, your reply-to is root at somedomain. This is probably a very bad
idea. It suggests that you're using the superuser account as your
normal user account. If you're doing this, then please create a normal
user account as soon as possible and start using that. It'll save you a
ton of grief in the long run.
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