Stuart Lynne (email@example.com) writes:
> In article <20000531161727.A10871@frodo.rrze.uni-erlangen.de>,
> Walter Hofmann <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >On Wed, 31 May 2000, Jan-Benedict Glaw wrote:
> >> Do you really think all that crypto stuff should be in a standard kernel?
> >> Even if there's no longer any problem to *export* it from Amerika, there
> >> might be problems *importing* it into more restrictive countries like
> >> China or France or so...
> >AFAIK France dropped that part of its legislation.
Ah, I wasn't aware of that, thanks for the info.
> >Crypto is OK for most countries now. We should aim at including crypto
> >in the kernel and provide a patch that _removes_ it for those countries
> >that restrict the use or import of cryptogrphy.
> >Making such a patch is as easy as reversing the patches that add
> >cryptography. It also shifts the work to those who oppose
> >cryptography; rightfully so IMO.
> Having a patch to remove something an end user cannot have will not work.
> The end user would still end up (briefly) having the illegal version.
Some "laws" are unjust and evil. Just because there is a law doesn't make it
> If we wish to support end users in countries that cannot import crypto
> then they must have access to a tarball that does not have crypto.
I think we ought to do just the opposite - embed crypto so thoroughly in the
kernel that they'd *never* get it out... :)
Governments that try to ban even the most basic rights (like that of privacy)
using the excuse of "national security" are evil and have no right to even
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