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

From: Ed Carp (
Date: Wed May 31 2000 - 23:40:02 EST

Russell King ( writes:

> Ed Carp writes:
> > Some "laws" are unjust and evil. Just because there is a law doesn't make it
> > right.
> But just because its evil does not mean you have to force people to break
> the law, or restrict their ability to use stuff.
> > 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
> > exist.
> They do exist, and we have to work around it in a way that is acceptable
> to everyone, unless we're trying to get a smaller Linux user-base.
> Is it your intention to restrict the number of users of Linux, or to change
> governments. If its the latter, you'll probably fail miserably.

You know, a bunch of people said much the same thing about PGP - and they were
wrong. It will be interesting to see what happens.

As for changing governments, when enough people in the US stood up and said
"NO!" loud enough, we got results. Crypto exports with little restriction,
no Clipper chip, we even got SA turned off on GPS! I wouldn't bet on the
"fail miserably" side...

I also wouldn't worry about getting a smaller Linux base - Linux is doing just
fine, thank you...and it's even more wildly popular in Europe than it is in
the US.

Ed Carp, N7EKG		940/367-2744 cell phone

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