North Bay Linux Users’ Group

general meeting

Lightning Talks / Hackfest / GPG Key Signing

When: Tue August 12, 2014 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

Speaker: Frank Ball et al.

Location: O'Reilly Media

Coordinator: Frank Ball

Lightning Talks:

Have something you would like to present, but don’t have enough material for a full talk? Here’s your chance. Talk about anything Linux related.


Bring your hardware to get help with it or just to show it off.

GPG Key Signing Party:

The point of this is to create a web of trust. By signing someone’s public key, you state that you have checked that the person that uses a certain keypair, is who he says he is and really is in control of the private key. This way a complete network of people who trust each other can be created. This network is called the Strongly connected set. Information about it can be found at

Before the meeting:

Create a GPG keypair, upload your public key to a keyserver, print out the fingerprint, mail it to me ( and bring copies to the meeting.


  1. Generate a public/private keypair with the gpg --gen-key command (accept the defaults), see man gpg for more info.
  2. Upload your key to a keyserver: gpg --send-keys --keyserver
  3. Print out the key “fingerprint” with gpg --fingerprint Also include your full name, email address, and Key ID#. Bring this to the meeting, and optionally make extra copies to hand out.
  4. Email me at with the fingerprint, email, full name, and Key ID. I’ll have a list of everyone’s info to hand out.

During the meeting:

Verify your GPG key fingerprint on the list I hand out and verify your identity (with photo ID).

After the meeting:

Download the keys for the fingerprints verified at the meeting, add them to your keyring, sign them, and upload your key again.

More info:

Published Tue 12 August 2014 by Glenn Kerbein