AW: Point of view regarding LISA 2002

Mortimer Graf zu Eulenburg
Wed Oct 2 12:22:02 2002

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I totally agree. For my Berlin-bound point of view even commercial users
who should have a vital interest in encryption don?t know much about it
or show an increased amount of interest. But as mailcommunication slowly
becomes more important i am shure there will be a point where encryption
will become standard. Using  X.509 certificates..

If the mission statement goes for widely used encryption then the battle
is lost. If GnuPG is planned as building a reliable and forthgoing
alternative to PGP then the mission is accomplished so far.

A battle for wide useage is gonna be won or lost on Windows platforms.
As a user of both systems its a sadness for me that some of the
generalissimi go parading elsewhere sneezing at several million huns
that don?t even know how a pop3 handshake works. WinPT and GPGRelay go a
good job on the Battlefield but would need much more workforce than Timo
or Andreas could do on their own.

However, i am confident with every mission statement and would
definitely like to thank the team of GnuPG for their good work so far.

Greetz from sunny Berlin


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Auftrag von Len Sassaman
Gesendet: Dienstag, 1. Oktober 2002 20:19
An: Alexandre Dulaunoy
Betreff: Re: Point of view regarding LISA 2002 

On Sat, 28 Sep 2002, Alexandre Dulaunoy wrote:

> Did you know the presentation ? the speaker ?

Lots of people on this list know the speaker. I think I'm the only one
who knows the presentation, though there are many people who could give
it just as well.

> I  don't think  that  GnuPG have  failed  in their  mission. GnuPG  is
> usable,   there   is   more   and  more   user-interface   integration
> with GnuPG/OpenPGP and the use is increasing quite well. (Just see the

> message signing in mailing-list and so on...)

You think so?

Try this experiment: Take a laptop with PGP on it and go down to your
local bar, coffee shop, cafe, etc, and attempt to explain what GnuPG is
good for, how it works, and how one uses it in 5 minutes or less to 10
random people who have never heard of PGP, and who are of "average"
computer literacy (i.e., they know how to connect to the Internet and
use email, but don't use Linux/Unix and have never compiled a program in

How many of them will walk away understanding what you told them? Of
those, how many will become new OpenPGP users? Of those, how many will
use OpenPGP properly in a manner which will actually secure their

GnuPG is "encryption for the crypto hackers and Linux elite.[1]" I've
never heard a mission statement from Werner, so perhaps GnuPG hasn't
failed in its mission, if this is what it was striving for. It is far
from "encryption for the masses", however, which is what Phil Zimmermann
branded PGP.

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