GnuPG documentation project
The goal of the GnuPG
documentation project is to provide manuals and other
documentation so that people can use GnuPG correctly and wisely.
We are currently working on a user manual for GnuPG.
October 1, 1999
- Integrated the Spanish translation of the GNU Privacy Handbook done
by J Horacio MG.
September 30, 1999
- Updated the the PGP 2.x compatability guide with
an an expanded version contributed by Michael Fischer v. Mollard.
September 21, 1999
- Removed interoperability section from the user manual for two reasons.
First, it is an endoresement to use patented algorithms that may need
to be licensed to be used legally.
Second, it goes against the philosophy of the Free Software Foundation,
which promotes the use of open software unencumbered by patents or other
The material is nevertheless useful to demonstrate what GnuPG can do
and appears below as a separate document.
September 19, 1999
- Restructured Chapter 5 to reflect the collection of topics it
- Added a section on interoperation with PGP 2.x based on
material from Kyle Hasselbacher.
The good news is that GnuPG can be used as a complete replacement for
September 11, 1999
- Added material on setting expiration dates and using subkeys in Chapter 4.
- Elaborated somewhat on the roles of public and private keys when used
for encryption and signing in Chapter 1.
September 8, 1999
- Added user interface guidelines to Chapter 5 based on draft material
from David Wheeler.
Past announcements that are not so new.
Get the documentation
The GNU Privacy Handbook (English)
This is also available in compressed postscript,
but it is not very well formatted.
Furthermore, the graph in Figure 3-1 is translated to JPEG format and
therefore is not yet being rendered in the postscript version.
The SGML source is also available, but you
will need tools to build readable documents from the source.
I have some build notes if you use
The GNU Privacy Handbook (Spanish)
This is also available in compressed postscript
and its original SGML source.
Replacing PGP 2.x with GnuPG
This demonstrates some of GnuPG's features by showing how GnuPG can
be used to communicate with PGP 2.x users.
A compressed postscript version is also
available, as is the SGML source.
How you can help
As always, we are looking for feedback on the user manual.
Our approach has been to get material into the manual and then come
back later to revise it.
This gets something useful into your hands as soon as possible
although it can be rough or otherwise unclear in places.
Here are questions to keep in mind as you read:
- Is the organization ok?
- What is unclear?
- What questions do you have that you would like answered in the manual?
This can include "conceptual" questions like "How do I get others to use
GnuPG with me" as well as detailed questions about gpg.
There are other specific improvements to the manual that are needed:
- an index,
- a list of additional readings and resources, and
- coverage of additional topics:
- using GnuPG in scripts and mailers
- adding extension modules
If you would like to help, please send me email so that I may
coordinate your work with others. If you would like to write but are
concerned about your writing skills: don't worry! Editing material I
get from you will almost certainly be much easier than writing it from
scratch. Furthermore, I'm happy to take writing in almost any format
including plain text.
Last edited October 9, 1999.