Re: Cryptography in the kernel

From: Edward S. Marshall (
Date: Thu Jun 01 2000 - 11:04:19 EST

On Thu, 1 Jun 2000, David Woodhouse wrote:
> There are few of these countries now, and they could be served by someone
> downloading the 'official' kernel and removing the crypto from it, then
> putting the new tarball up for FTP.

Exactly. There's no reason that Linus should have to take on the workload
of producing crippled kernels for the sake of functionality that is
illegal in a dwindling subsection of the world's population. If someone
wants that kind of thing, they're free to make it available; just patch it
with each release, and make the modified tarball available for download.

Before decrying "do it for the poor underpriviledged in oppressive
countries", find out exactly which countries will be affected. China is
the only one that immediately springs to mind. France now permits it, so
that's no longer an issue. Does anyone have a list of countries where the
acquisition/distribution/use of strong cryptography is still illegal?

> Lets see what Linus decides.

Agreed; in the end, this is really his call.

Edward S. Marshall <> 
[                  Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.                  ]

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