It’s the start of a new year, which means some retrospective – Year in Review posts upcoming – but also a new GPG signing key. This is the key I use to sign tags of software I release, such as Calamares, ARPA2CM, and others. It’s also the key I might use to send signed email.

GPG Bits

My current GPG key for general use is this one:

sec   rsa4096/0x7FEA3DA6169C77D6 2016-06-11 [SC] [expires: 2023-02-11]
      Key fingerprint = 00AC D15E 25A7 9FEE 028B  0EE5 7FEA 3DA6 169C 77D6
uid                   [ultimate] Adriaan de Groot <>
uid                   [ultimate] Adriaan de Groot <>
ssb   rsa3072/0x717ED90DAF7DC23B 2021-09-12 [E] [expires: 2022-09-12]
ssb   rsa3072/0x328D742D8807A435 2022-01-10 [S] [expires: 2023-01-10]

You can get it from reputable keyservers, or from my about page. The previous signing key 0xCFDDC96F12B1915C expired on january 2, 2022. The new signing key is 0x328D742D8807A435 and is good until next year.

Personal Bits

My two kids are in university. They have two remaining grandparents. Those were the biggest changes in my immediate family this year. I moved my mom’s house so it is closer to us, but that ran into medical complications as well, although all is now well.

With conferences shut down – there was a brief upswing of commercial software conferences after the summer, but all the Open Source ones I know of remain stubbornly and safely virtual – my usual travel has been reduced to nil. I am starting to miss the occasional Open Source get-together, though. A walk in the woods with Scarlett and Leinir, for instance, is one of my hoped-for yearly activities. There was just one KDE-related trip to Germany.

Vacation-wise we spent the summer outdoors on bicycles, with a minor COVID-related hiccup, and over Christmas I went to Rome to visit my brother. That was the first time in big crowds (ugh, and airplanes) in a long long time, and I’m not particularly convinced it was justified, sustainable, or responsible in the face of the current situation. Italy, though, seems more disciplined than the Netherlands when it comes to following COVID-related health regulations. With regular self-testing (especially a few days after travel) things were ok (but what if they hadn’t been?)

Planning the next 50 weeks

Srsly, I don’t think there’s a whole lot that is plannable right now. There’s some job changes coming up in my household, projects that are being finished up (so at some point I’ll be looking for new ones), that kind of thing, but there’s no way that “I’ll be in Edmonton for the month of April because I want to see snow again” or some similar hare-brained scheme is going to work out.

So I plan on plugging away at Calamares, at FreeBSD, at making a healthy balanced dinner for my family every evening, at playing badminton when it’s possible, and just getting on with things.