[Announce] The sixth Beta for GnuPG 2.1 is now available for testing
wk at gnupg.org
Thu Aug 14 17:57:06 CEST 2014
I just released the sixth *beta* version of GnuPG *2.1*. It has been
released to give you the opportunity to check out new features and to
help fixing bugs.
If you need a stable and fully maintained version of GnuPG,
you should use version 2.0.26 or 1.4.18.
This versions is marked as BETA and as such it should in general not be
used for real work. However, the core functionality is solid enough for
a long time and I am using this code base for a couple of years now.
What's new in 2.1.0-beta783 since beta751
* gpg: Add command --quick-gen-key.
* gpg: Make --quick-sign-key promote local key signatures.
* gpg: Added "show-usage" sub-option to --list-options.
* gpg: Screen keyserver responses to avoid importing unwanted keys
from rogue servers.
* gpg: Removed the option --pgp2 and --rfc1991 and the ability to
create PGP-2 compatible messages.
* gpg: Removed options --compress-keys and --compress-sigs.
* gpg: Cap attribute packets at 16MB.
* gpg: Improved output of --list-packets.
* gpg: Make with-colons output of --search-keys work again.
* gpgsm: Auto-create the ".gnupg" directory like gpg does.
* agent: Fold new passphrase warning prompts into one.
* scdaemon: Add support for the Smartcard-HSM card.
* scdaemon: Remove the use of the pcsc-wrapper.
Getting the Software
GnuPG 2.1.0-beta783 is available at
and soon on all mirrors <http://www.gnupg.org/mirrors.html>.
Please read the README file !
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 already have a trusted version of GnuPG installed, you
can simply check the supplied signature. For example to check the
signature of the file gnupg-2.1.0-beta783.tar.bz2 you would use
gpg --verify gnupg-2.1.0-beta783.tar.bz2.sig
Depending on your installation you may use "gpg2" instead of "gpg".
This checks whether the signature file matches the source file. You
should see a message indicating that the signature is good and made
by that signing key. Make sure that you have the right key, either
by checking the fingerprint of that key with other sources or by
checking that the key has been signed by a trustworthy other key.
Note, that you can retrieve the signing key using the command
finger wk ,at' g10code.com
or using a keyserver like
gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-key 4F25E3B6
The distribution key 4F25E3B6 is signed by the well known key
NEVER USE A GNUPG VERSION YOU JUST DOWNLOADED TO CHECK THE
INTEGRITY OF THE SOURCE - USE AN EXISTING GNUPG INSTALLATION!
The file gnupg.info has the complete user manual of the system.
Separate man pages are included as well; however they have not all the
details available in the manual. It is also possible to read the
complete manual online in HTML format at
The chapters on gpg-agent, gpg and gpgsm include information on how
to set up the whole thing. You may also want search the GnuPG mailing
list archives or ask on the gnupg-users mailing lists for advise on
how to solve problems. Many of the new features are around for
several years and thus enough public knowledge is already available.
Almost all mail clients support GnuPG-2. Mutt users may want to use
the configure option "--enable-gpgme" during build time and put a "set
use_crypt_gpgme" in ~/.muttrc to enable S/MIME support along with the
reworked OpenPGP support.
Please consult the archive of the gnupg-users mailing list before
reporting a bug <https://gnupg.org/documentation/mailing-lists.html>.
We suggest to send bug reports for a new release to this list in favor
of filing a bug at <https://bugs.gnupg.org>. We also have a dedicated
service directory at:
Maintaining and improving GnuPG is costly. For more than a decade,
g10 Code GmbH, a German company owned and headed by GnuPG's principal
author Werner Koch, is bearing the majority of these costs. To help
them carry on this work, they need your support. See
For reasons why donating to free software projects is beneficial for
everyone, please read Poul-Henning Kamp's "Quality Software Costs Money
- Heartbleed Was Free" at https://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2636165 .
We have to thank all the people who helped with this release, be it
testing, coding, translating, suggesting, auditing, administering the
servers, spreading the word, and answering questions on the mailing
Die Gedanken sind frei. Ausnahmen regelt ein Bundesgesetz.
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