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Increasingly, they're finding haven in a small corner of the open-source software world, bringing both opportunity and new users to an oddly named and heretofore little-known programming effort fueled by volunteers: GnuPG.
The synergies of the relationship are obvious: open-source software and cryptography are two sublimely geeky obsessions that go well together. But the story of how GnuPG is coming to the cryptogeek rescue also illuminates some of the limitations of open-source, or free software. Even a relatively slick consumer product like PGP has been deemed too technically challenging by many normal computer users -- despite widespread anxieties about privacy on the part of the general Internet-using population. And making a software program easy to use is exactly the challenge that open-source software has historically been weakest at meeting.
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