[ubuntu-uk] Code of conduct/GPG

Tez binary_y2k2 at blueyonder.co.uk
Fri Sep 1 15:55:23 BST 2006


Steve Smith wrote:
> I'm trying to get to the bottom of what GPG is and how it works.  I
> can't find a description that covers the absolute basics of what it
> is, would anyone care to explain to me?  Does it have anything to do
> at all with the actual computer you create it on, or is it just
> completely random?  How does it actually provide proof of
> identification, etc in practise?
>
> Thanks :)
> Steve
>
>   
I'm no expert in gpg but, basically you create a key with your name and
email to sign/encrypt data with, in order to let others verify that the
key is yours you need to send it to a keyserver which others can check
against. The keyservers update from each other so if you send you key to
one (like "keyserver.ubuntu.com") then other servers will be updated
with your key as well.

Take a look at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GnuPrivacyGuardHowto
for more info.

Tez





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