Enigmail and PGP from GNU

Karl F. Larsen klarsen1 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 18:44:46 UTC 2009

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Muzer wrote:
> Karl F. Larsen wrote:
> H.S. wrote:
>>>> Karl F. Larsen wrote:
>>>>> $ sudo aptitude install pgp and then sudo aptitude install enigmail.
>>>>> Reboot and then look at your Thunderbird. Up ther with File and Edit is
>>>> No, there is no need to reboot for this.
>>>> People with Windows background: In Linux, rebooting is necessary when
>>>> one wants to change the kernel being used. In almost all other
>>>> circumstances, no rebooting is necessary, certainly not for installing
>>>> and using the above mentioned two package.
> 	Sorry but your law that you NEVER reboot Linux is in this case an
> error. You have to think to understand why. And actually do it to see.
> 	At time one Thunderbird is up and running. You load GNUPGP and
> Enigmail. Enigmail needs to modify Thunderbird a lot. It does so I think
> by writing to thunderbird on the hard drive. It doesn't show up on
> Thunderbird.
> 	Yes I think you can delete Thunderbird and then start it again and it
> will work. But to just reboot is easier.
> 73 Karl

> Nope, rebooting X (Ctrl + Alt + Backspace if you disabled dontzap, 
> otherwise type /etc/init.d/gdm restart at a tty session), or even just 
> logging off and on again, are both solutions that will do the same 
> without restarting. Remember, Linux and most of the lower-level apps 
> that run on it were designed with being a server in mind, which needs to 
> be rebooted as little as possible. The only time when you absolutely 
> need to reboot is when you updgrade the kernel and want to use the new 
> kernel.

	I need to answer this with an observation that many people on this list
are IT people who make their living with Ubuntu. They have some rules of
being an IT that they just remember. Not why but just remember.

	My use of Ubuntu is just as a replacement for Windows. Windows can do
things that are nice, but not real good things. And you are always
worried about a virus.

	I was called an idiot because I suggested after installing Enigmail you
should reboot. In fact a reboot works fine. I have done it several times
and it worked every time. In fact I turn Off my own personal computer
every evening now that it is Summer. So as a plain Ubuntu user I am sure
reboot is both possible and effective.

	Those of you running servers should not do this. You Boss might get mad
at you. But if you warn your Boss it is going to happen it will not be
bad if you reboot.

73 Karl

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