Poking around my computer this morning, trying to set up gpg in some software. Or is is pgp? Wait, it’s GnuPG, which must be the same as gpg, which implements pgp, but no, cause I’ve got this other software that lets me pick if I want to use GnuPG or gpg, so they must be different, right? Or no…, that’s just confusing UI…, or… something….
And then I found that I can also install this Debian package called pgpgpg, which is a “Wrapper for using GnuPG in programs designed for PGP.” Don’t say it like “pgp – gpg.” It’s more fun to say like “pgPgpg,” or “pg-pg-pg.”
And it occurs to me how much I hate using pgp, or gpg, or pgpgpg, or whatever I’m using, and I don’t know what I’m using, and maybe I’m just not going to sign my bug reports to Debian.
But there’s a fix! I’m going to start using PGPgpPpgpGnuPG, which is really more straightforward. The “pgp” stands for “PGP,” while the “P” stands for “Pretty-good-privacy.” The “g” (no, not that “g”, the other “g”) stands for “GNU,” which is a recursive acronym. The “Gnu” (the one in “PGPgpPpgpGnuPG”, that is), that “Gnu” also stands for “GNU,” but that “GNU” doesn’t stand for “GNU’s not Unix.” It’s just “GNU,” kinda like “KFC.” The “G,” the “P,” and the “g” near-ish the front are there for backwards compatibility. The “O” stands for “Open” which, of course, stands for nothing.
And most important is the final “PG,” which stands for “secure.”
I encourage all my friends to use it.