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Encryption

+ - GnuPG 2.0 Released

Submitted by zoloto
zoloto (586738) writes "Version 2.0 of the popular encryption software GnuPG was released at 12:27 CET. Best part is you can install GnuPG 1.4.5 and 2.0 side by side. From the announcement:

The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) is GNU's tool for secure communication
and data storage. It can be used to encrypt data, create digital
signatures, help authenticating using Secure Shell and to provide a
framework for public key cryptography. It includes an advanced key
management facility and is compliant with the OpenPGP and S/MIME
standards.

GnuPG-2 has a different architecture than GnuPG-1 (e.g. 1.4.5) in that
it splits up functionality into several modules. However, both
versions may be installed alongside without any conflict. In fact,
the gpg version from GnuPG-1 is able to make use of the gpg-agent as
included in GnuPG-2 and allows for seamless passphrase caching. The
advantage of GnuPG-1 is its smaller size and the lack of dependency on
other modules at run and build time. We will keep maintaining GnuPG-1
versions because they are very useful for small systems and for server
based applications requiring only OpenPGP support.

GnuPG is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License
(GPL). GnuPG-2 works best on GNU/Linux or *BSD systems. Other POSIX
compliant systems are also supported but have not yet been tested very
well."

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