Plan B - Who carries the torch?

Stefan Claas spam.trap.mailing.lists at
Sat Jan 2 10:51:20 CET 2021

Hi all,

hope you all had a Happy New Year and that your are all healthy!

I am currently in the mood to discuss things here and there publicity
and regarding GnuPG and the OpenPGP ecosystem I was wondering about
the following.

I assume the following: Werner is globally known as the author of
GnuPG and it is generally accepted that GnuPG is a defacto security
standard globally besides S/MIME when it comes for example to private
email communications.

Werner, like me and a couple of others, as some may know are no longer
in their twenties so that it can be assumed, when in 10 years Google
and IBM have Quantum Computers, which make our classic encryption like
ECC probably useless that then people may have a problem.

I assume the worst case scenario that when Werner retires and starts
to enjoy life with his family and friends and let's say Andre would
change his career path who carries then the torch, so to speak? Would
dkg take over and do also gpg4win developement? My understanding is
that sequoia pgp, due to the fact that it is written in Rust may
probably see not it's light in major Linux distributions as an apt-get
option, or in case Casey would decide (once Hockeypuck is finished)
that he writes a Golang GnuPG that would be then distributed in major
Linux distros.

So, ladies and gentlemen any thoughts or insights which can be shared?


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