RE: Cryptography in the kernel (was: Re: Linux 2.5 / 2.6 TODO (preliminary))

From: David Schwartz (
Date: Thu Jun 01 2000 - 11:00:01 EST

> Unfortunately, the law being "unjust and evil" (IYHO) doesn't stop it
> being the law. Breaking it still has unpleasant consequences for the
> culprit. If you make using Linux illegal in that country, you're just
> surrendering that chunk of Linux's potential audience/market - for what?

        Suppose Scotland banned the ext2 file system. Would you advocate that it be
removed from the Linux kernel?

        Or, put another way, should Linux be dumbed down to make it legal in the
most restrictive possible environment? Or should Linux follow it's natural
development path?

        IMO, it would be the greatest possible victory for totalitarian and
restrictive regimes if they got to dictate to the entire rest of the planet
what features everyone else's software would come with.


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