[Announce] Release candidate for 1.2.4 available

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Wed Dec 3 19:54:45 CET 2003


Over the last 3 months David Shaw fixed a lot of minor things in the
stable GnuPG branch.  These mostly address configuration and build
problems on some platforms.  If you had build problems with 1.2.3, we
suggest that you try out this release candidate and report any
existing problems.

 ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/alpha/gnupg/gnupg-1.2.4rc1.tar.gz (3353k)


 ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/alpha/gnupg/gnupg-1.2.3-1.2.4rc1.diff.gz (720k)

MD5 checksums are:

eb0e6ecdb6893cca79dcbd90faa6bfbb  gnupg-1.2.4rc1.tar.gz
fe02e2db8e68696459b22d183d113d7a  gnupg-1.2.3-1.2.4rc1.diff.gz

As usual, we ask you to try one of the mirrors first; see
http://www.gnupg.org/mirrors.html .  If you have problems with
ftp.gnupg.org, note that they are actually 3 servers

Here is a list of important changes since 1.2.3

    * Added read-only support for BZIP2 compression.  This should be
      considered experimental, and is only available if the libbzip2
      library <http://sources.redhat.com/bzip2/> is installed.

    * Added the ability to handle messages that can be decrypted with
      either a passphrase or a secret key.

    * Support for Elgamal sign+encrypt keys has been removed.  Old
      signatures may still be verified, and existing encrypted
      messages may still be decrypted, but no new signatures may be
      issued by, and no new messages will be encrypted to, these keys.
      Elgamal sign+encrypt keys are not part of the web of trust.  The
      only new message that can be generated by an Elgamal
      sign+encrypt key is a key revocation.

    * A Russian translation is included again as well as a new
      Belarusian translation.

The suggested feature to use the GNUPGHOME environment variable also
under Windows will not go into this release because it might break
systems where this variable has accidently been set.

Most of the translation need a litte bit of rework due to a few added
strings; hopefully, updates can be included for the real release.

If everything works fine we can do the final 1.2.4 before Christmas.


 The GnuPG Team (David, Stefan, Timo, Werner)

Werner Koch                                      <wk at gnupg.org>
The GnuPG Experts                                http://g10code.com
Free Software Foundation Europe                  http://fsfeurope.org
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