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[Fsuk-manchester] MFS Meeting. Tue, 20 May. Discussion: "GPG & key signi

From: Michael Dorrington
Subject: [Fsuk-manchester] MFS Meeting. Tue, 20 May. Discussion: "GPG & key signing, OpenSSL Heartbleed, LibrePlanet2014, Novena funded"
Date: Thu, 08 May 2014 21:16:37 +0100
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* Event: Manchester Free Software's May Meeting

* Date: Tuesday, 20th May 2014 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)

* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
  - http://madlab.org.uk/
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
  - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software

This meeting will be a series of discussions on the Free Software
implications on the following:

* GPG & key signing
Since there was a lot interest, but difficulty for some, with GPG and
key signing last meeting, we'll have another round of key signing and
GPG discussion.
If you want to have your key signed then you'll need to do some
preparations beforehand as detailed below.  It's too late and/or not the
appropriate time to do these actions (1. and 2.) at the key signing
itself.  You need to have:

1. Generated a key pair! (If you haven't already)

Instructions on how to generate a key pair are in:


As described in the document, it is recommend to generate keys of type
RSA and of 4096 bits.

2. Printed and checked slips of paper of your public key details.

Install the 'signing-party' package (it's available for both .deb and
.rpm distros) to get the 'gpg-key2ps' command and then run:

  $ gpg-key2ps your_key-id > your_key-id.ps

Print 'your_key-id.ps' (if you need it in PDF format then use the
'ps2pdf' command on the PS file).

Cut out the slips.

Check the details on each slip match the output of (the details are in
slightly different order):

  $ gpg --fingerprint your_key-id

Bring the checked slips with you!

3. Proof of identity

Some people might sign your key because you present them with your
passport but some might not.  Some people might sign your key because
they have known you in person for some time but some might not.

More info:
  - http://keyring.debian.org/creating-key.html
  - https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2010/09/msg00003.html
  - http://meyering.net/nuke-your-DSA-keys/

* OpenSSL Heartbleed
Discussion on the bug, its consequences and the future.
  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbleed

* LibrePlanet 2014
The FSF's LibrePlanet 2014 conference took place at MIT in Cambridge,
Massachusetts.  The programme included speakers from the FSF, the EFF,
Wikimedia, APRIL, Tor, Red Hat, Xiph, O'Reilly, Trisquel, and many
others.  We didn't get to this last month (at least fully).  Sadly the
videos for this year aren't up yet but those from 2013 are.
  - http://libreplanet.org/2014/
  - http://media.libreplanet.org/

* Novena funded
Novena has reached its minimum funding goal.
  - http://www.crowdsupply.com/kosagi/novena-open-laptop

Feel free to raise similar items in the meeting for discussion.

The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in
the bar opposite, Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>.  There
are soft drinks available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.

The meeting will take place at the usual venue of Madlab, details above.
 Ring the bell beside the door to be let in.  The venue provides wifi.

Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost
after 8pm on Tuesday so you will have to pay up until then and the
maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY ALL THIS on parking.

There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue
P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.  Most of those
parking lots are owned by NCP <http://www.ncp.co.uk/>.

If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale

Public Transport
Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram and bus station,
and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab,
see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab

Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far away either.

More Information
Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the
Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet

MFS Chair.

FSF member #9429
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide
mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all
free software users."

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