given that the OS package verification use case is relevant for millions
of server installations, i'm not convinced that Linux on the Desktop is
really what rjh was referring to.


dkg got it in one. Especially with the advent of cloud computing and one-click deployments of whole OSes, the package verification space is bigger than ever before.

I don't have concrete numbers here, but my suspicion is that GnuPG is a package verification system that's useful for email... and most of the problems people have with it as a package verification system stem from the fact it was originally an email privacy system.

This isn't a mark against it. Any good software package will soon get used for things far beyond the authors' original intent.

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