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GnuPG is a complete and free replacement for PGP. It does not use the patented IDEA algorithm, so it can be used without any restrictions. GnuPG is a RFC 2440 (OpenPGP) compliant application.

GnuPG stands for GNU Privacy Guard.

Version 1.0.0 has been released on September 7th, 1999.

GnuPG is Free Software. It can be freely used, modified and distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License .

PGP, on which OpenPGP is based, was originally developed by Philip Zimmermann in the early 1990s.

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