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Web of Trust (a revolution)



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Friends,

Inspired by the recent problems with checksums for various installation
files of Fedora 10, may I be allowed to say, that I think that broader
adoption of OpenPGP standard (gpg) among Fedora (and Free Software)
developers and users could be a desirable and advertising-worth goal.
It could be a Strategy.

Let me explain.

(1) Web of trust (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_of_trust) is in the
spirit of Free Software, especially of that developed in the "bazaar"
model (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar). By
making the concept of web of trust familiar to people I believe we also
make the concept of Free Software more familiar to them.

(2) Web of trust is also much more human than X.509. Since it is more
human to trust someone because he is trusted by your friend, than to
trust someone because a BigCompany issued a certificate for him.
It is also easier to use, more flexible and much more fun!

(3) That would increase safety.

Friends I think we should act now, I think we should propagate Web of
Trust to people before all those BigCompanies sell them X.509s!
Let's take the pole position this time! With patents we have failed in a
number countries, but this battle we can win!

I think that these days we should advertise GnuPG
(http://www.gnupg.org/) and Web of Trust concept not less than the sole
concept of Free Software. (By the way GnuPG is both free software and GNU.)

I think we should act NOW!!

*** You might want to talk to 5 of your friends who are not using
OpenPGP yet. You might want to discuss this topic in other free software
communities that you are a member of. ***

STF

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