Re: Notary/TuF & GPG (& Harbor)

Richard Hartmann

On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 6:03 PM, Alexis Richardson via cncf-toc
<cncf-toc@...> wrote:

Thanks Patrick & Docker people for Notary pres. I personally found it very
useful & educational, having avoided package signing myself as much as
possible ;-)

I would love to understand how a GPG person would make the case for sticking
with just that.
Speaking as a Debian Developer, most of my work in that regard is
underpinned by GnuPG. A lot of the functionality mentioned could be
built with GnuPG and installed base and integration in many, many
workflows and systems is a huge advantage in potential adaption. That
being said, features like built-in quorum, expiring signatures, and
other mechanisms can't easily be replicated with GnuPG, or its
brethren, in their current form.

I can see merit in both extending the PGP world to cover these aspects
and in creating a new infrastructure.

I am willing to bet that feature velocity will be higher outside of
the PGP ecosystem as the installed base could be a disadvantage in
this context. Also, some mechanisms are not designed for anything
exceeding a certain scale.

While this is not an endorsement of any particular project or path
forward, I can say that the general functionality is highly needed.
Years ago, I implemented a data store for a financial customer with
third-party commercial hashsum timestamping services; that was not
very pleasant at all. The functionality in and as of itself would be
useful in a _lot_ of regards.


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