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[Muscle] promoting SmartCard use in the Fellowship; PCMCIA support?
From: Georg C. F. Greve (grevefsfeurope.org)
Date: Sun May 22 2005 - 16:53:07 CDT
I am not sure who of you has seen it already, so let me briefly
introduce it: The Free Software Foundation Europe has started its
Fellowship campaign a few weeks ago, which allows people to support
the work of the FSFE both financially and politically, as well as
become part of the FSFE.
Another central part of the Fellowship is to help people find others
who are interested in issues of digital freedom -- as well as spread
that awareness outside the circle of "usual suspects." It is largely
about helping people become active.
As we have Werner Koch (author of GnuPG) as member of FSFE, we also
felt it would be a good idea to use that knowledge to promote the
awareness for privacy and security by giving each fellow an OpenPGP
SmartCard, nicely designed and personalised with the capability of
having keys generated on the card signed by FSFE.
You can find more information at http://www.fsfe.org
Roughly 300 SmartCards have been shipped to their Fellows already and
are now awaiting use, so now they have the tool, but need to be able
to use it. That is why we have several people work on improving the
documentation -- more help with this is always welcome.
Also, they will need SmartCard readers that actually work easily
entirely with Free Software. This is the typical vendor problem and
the shortage of people who can write drivers.
Both areas seem to be what the M.U.S.C.L.E. project is working on, in
fact there seems to be a lot of parallel interest -- so I wondered
whether people here had an interest in cooperating on this aspect of
Let me know what you think.
Also, I have a question:
Is there _any_ PCMCIA SmartCard reader that is actually working with a
recent kernel (so 2.6.x) and has a Free Software only driver that
allows to use the OpenPGP card with GnuPG?
I fear the answer to this is no, but would like to be positively
surprised. So my second question is:
Which are the best candidates to get to this point? What would be
required to get there and what are the show-stoppers?
Georg C. F. Greve <grevefsfeurope.org>
Free Software Foundation Europe (http://fsfeurope.org)
Join the Fellowship and protect your freedom! (http://www.fsfe.org)
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