During week 5, 6 and 7, I have been to the debian conference 2016. It was really interesting meeting with a lot of people all so involved in Debian.
Key signing party
Each year, this is a really important tradition: people gather together and exchange GPG public key fingerprint and sign each other’s keys. This contributes greatly to the growth of the web of trust.
I did exchange public key fingerprint with others. It was the first opportunity become more connected in the PGP web of trust. I think this is something that needs to make its way to the less technical people so that everyone can benefit from the network privacy features. There is support for some mail clients like Thunderbird, but I think there is still work to do there and mostly there is work to do about the opinion or point of view people have about encryption ; people don’t care enough and they don’t really know what encryption can do for them (digital signature, trust and privacy).
Ring now part of Debian
During the first week at debcamp, Alexandre Viau, an employee at Savoir-Faire Linux and a also a Debian developer (DD for short), has packaged Ring for Debian. Users can now install Ring like so:
$ sudo apt-get install ring
This is an important moment as more people are now going to easily try Ring and potentially contribute to it.
Alexandre Viau and I have been thinking about presenting Ring at debconf 2016. We finally did it.