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So, is that true? or in december we must re-run slackpkg update gpg?
All digital certificates expire after a certain date. This is because the technology to pose security risks to them can improve a lot between "computer generations".
The current GPG-KEY used by Slackware was issued on february, 2003. That one will expire on 21 december this year. This can be verified using the following command in a bash prompt: gpg --list-keys.
I made a "time change" test in a virtual machine with slack 13.37 and tried to verify a patch signature. It was ok, with return code
0 but also displayed a note saying "This key has expired!".
The question is: will Slackware-14 release a new GPG-KEY, so that all packages are signed with that "future-proof" certificate or will we stick with the current one?
Sticking with a 9 year old key a few months from expiration is at least strange for such a traditional secure distro, IMHO.
But I'm pretty sure Pat will answer us very soon :-)
The patches released in 2013 for slackware 13.37, which gpg-key will use?
If the GPG-KEY remains the same, after december 21st, it'll be impossible to sign anything with it. But it will be still possible to verify the old signatures.
I'm not a gpg especialist, but I'm sure there's a decent solution to that problem, maybe using subkeys.
Somewhat related to that end-of-the-world thing... Slackware 14 will have an easter egg which only becomes visible if you install Slackware 14 on 21 december, 2012...
Aak! I don't have access to my laptop today to reinstall Slackware 14.0! I won't see the Easter Egg! 'Tis the end of the world! :'(
I'm going to hazard a guess and say that the Easter Egg is a Mayan themed Lilo boot screen... even though I dreamt (can you believe it!) a while ago that the first boot would flash ASCII keys (yes, the ones that open doors) in place of the ASCII... things that appear during first boot. But I'm probably incorrect on both fronts. Has anyone seen the Easter Egg?