[clug] USB Smart Card Reader for Linux and Mac OS X (linux Digest, Vol 87, Issue 9, Message 9)

Karun Dambiec kdambiec at fsfe.org
Sun Mar 7 13:51:30 MST 2010

On 7/03/10 11:34 PM, Miles Goodhew wrote:
>> Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2010 11:02:37 +1100
>> From: Karun Dambiec<kdambiec at fsfe.org>
>> Message-ID:<4B92ED1D.40705 at fsfe.org>
>> Hi,
>> I have a Fellowship of the FSFE Openpgp
>> Cryptocard(https://fellowship.fsfe.org/card.html), and am now looking
>> for a suitable smart card reader.
>> Have you used one, or can recommend one? It needs to use USB, and be
>> capable of working both on Linux and Mac OS X.
> Karun,
> 	Whelp, I can't say "it works", as I've never tried to use it, but I have a GemPlus (Now "GemAlto", IIRC) GEMPC430 USB smartcard reader. I _believe_ it works, as OSX-Tiger Smartcard-login docco suggests Mac is OK, and dim memory whispers to me that Linux is OK too. It is recognised in the MacOS System Profiler, but the Tiger smartcard-login setup procedure is hideously complicated (even requires ->GASP!<- sudo-editing files in /etc!!!). The setup may be easier or more straightforward with Snow/Leopard, but I wouldn't bet on it.
> 	Honestly, I'd suspect you'd know more than I would about the usefulness of this device. But I have one if you want to play with it.
> M0les.
Im interested in using the card with GPG to store the key on, and wont 
be using it for login.

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