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Re: New version of nm-step2

On Thu, Aug 14, 2003 at 07:19:17PM +0200, Frank Lichtenheld wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 10, 2003 at 11:55:34PM +0200, Frank Lichtenheld wrote:
> > New version attached.
> > I also changed the wording regarding the signing coordination page.
> No more comments for some days now. Can I go ahead and commit the new
> version?

Missed your earlier mail completely.

I like it better this way, anyway. Nobody else seems to care enough to

However, I can see a number of typographical and flow errors (it reads
like something written by a German). It's also inaccurate in a few
respects. I'm about to go to bed, but here's a rapidly revised
version. I haven't bothered to justify all the changes; let me know if
any aren't obvious.

  .''`.  ** Debian GNU/Linux ** | Andrew Suffield
 : :' :  http://www.debian.org/ |
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#use wml::debian::template title="Step 2: Identification" NOHEADER="true"
#include "$(ENGLISHDIR)/devel/join/nm-steps.inc"

<p>The information on this page, while public, will primarily
be of interest to future Debian developers.</p>

<h2>Step 2: Identification</h2>

<h3>Why GPG?</h3>

<p>Because the <a href="newmaint#Member">Debian members</a> are
located in many places around the world (see 
<a href="../developers.loc">developer locations</a>) and rarely 
meet each other in person, an alternate method of identification 
is necessary. All Debian developers are identified by their 
<a href="http://www.gnupg.org";>GPG</a> key. This provides a reliable
mechanism for authenticating messages (and other data) by adding a cryptographic signature. For
more information on GPG keys see the README in the 
<code>debian-keyring</code> package.</p>

<h3>Providing a key</h3>

<p>Each <a href="newmaint#Applicant">applicant</a> must provide a
GPG public key. It is recommended that applicants export their key to one of
the <a href="http://wwwkeys.us.pgp.net/";>public key servers</a>.  
Public keys can be exported using:</p>
gpg --send-key --keyserver &lt;server address&gt; &lt;yourkeyid&gt;

<p>Note: There are <a href="nm-amchecklist#gpgversion">known problems</a> 
with GPG &lt;= 1.0.1 and ElGamal keys.</p>


<p>Because anyone can upload a public key to the servers, it must
be verified that the key belongs to the applicants.</p>

<p>To accomplish this, the public key must be signed by another
<a href="newmaint#Member">Debian member</a>. Therefore, the
applicant must meet this Debian member in person and identify themselves
(by providing a passport, a drivers license or some other form of
government-issued photo ID).</p>

<h4><a name="key_signature">How to get your GPG key signed</a></h3>

<p>Announcements of key signing parties are usually posted on the
<code>debian-devel</code> mailing list, so check there first.</p>

<p>If you are looking for developers in a specific area to sign your
GPG public key, the <a href="http://nm.debian.org/gpg.php";>key signing
coordination page</a> may be of help:</p>

      <li>You can check the list of key signing offers for a Debian
	member near you.</li>
      <li>If you cannot find a Debian member among the key signing offers,
	you can register your key signing request.</li>
      <li>As a last resort, if you didn't received any offers for a
	few weeks after registering, you can send e-mail to 
	<email gpg-coord@nm.debian.org> telling them where you live
	exactly (plus naming some big cities close to you). They
	can then check the database for developers who are
	near you.</li>

<p>Once you find someone to sign your key, you should follow the steps
in the <a href="$(HOME)/events/keysigning">Keysigning Mini-HOWTO</a>.</p>

<p>It is recommended that you also sign the Debian Developer's
key. This is not necessary for your ID check but it strengthens the
web of trust.</p>

<h4>When you can't get your key signed</h4>

<p>If all the above steps failed, please contact the 
<a href="newmaint#FrontDesk">Front Desk</a> and ask for help. They may
offer you an alternate method of identification.</p>

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#include "$(ENGLISHDIR)/devel/join/nm-steps.inc"

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