Description of problem:
Accordingly Werner Koch (the author of gnupg), the software on the default
_hkp_keyserver (hkp://pgp.mit.edu) is old and broken. He suggests to use more
modern ones like sks.keyserver.penguin.de
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
THe key server used by rpm is configurable, there is clearly no way to
choose a default that fits everyone's needs.
Meanwhile, since 24 hours of a tight loop testing for
error handling against pgp.mit.edu has caused my
local ip addr to be black listed, I shall happily
change the default in rpm-4.4.2 to sks.keyserver.penguin.de.
What really needs to happen is for Red Hat and/or Fedora and/or
other distros to start configuring the default key server for
their vendor needs. rpm cannot possibly get a default right.