Re: unusual startup messages

Alan Cox (
Fri, 1 Nov 1996 22:24:32 +0000 (GMT)

> The U.S. government won't even allow module interfaces from what I
> understand. No 'enabling technologies' and all that bullshit.

Yep. In other words computer programs as a whole.

> So we have to be really careful about the crypto interface to the
> kernel...

That is going to be a problem for US distibutors of Linux to worry about. If
they all go bankrupt or move to Europe then maybe the US will get a clue. A
lot of crypto companies have already moved out of the US because they can't
solve the problem.

Linux doesn't have political lobbyists, huge legal budgets or slush funds so
we aren't going to change their minds if the big boys cant do it.

Making the crypto modular is very important because its an evolving standard
set and because their are other issues, like patents that complicate stuff.
Finally we will want to be able to let people swap software DES modules and
the like for hardware support when some lucky people get hardware DES boards