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I've been away on two weekend trips, and checking in on the progress of the Privacy Handbook re-licensing. I am not optimistic; the FSF doesn't seem impressed by the need to change the document's license.

I was pointed to an old repository of the Handbook that may pre-date the copyright transfer to the FSF, but this is starting to get increasingly archaic -- do I want to assess the even-more-outdated SGML in this old repository and re-convert it?

Frankly, if I'd just started writing a new GnuPG tutorial back in September, I would probably have finished a first draft at this point. So I'm going to start thinking about the outline for a new GnuPG introduction.

Ideas:
  • Limit conceptual explanation of cryptography to the high-level; don't bother explaining hash functions, symmetric ciphers, etc.
  • Try to avoid suggesting overrides to GnuPG's config; instead, we should trust that GnuPG has sensible defaults.
  • Encourage people to use mailer integration. Don't try to document the various GUIs; just link to them.


Possible outline:
  1. Cryptography and GnuPG concepts.
  2. Generating a key.
  3. Using GnuPG in your e-mail program.
  4. Using GnuPG from the command line. (Possibly make this an appendix?)
  5. Managing your keys.

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