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

From: Jesse Pollard (
Date: Thu Jun 01 2000 - 05:28:26 EST

On Wed, 31 May 2000, Ed Carp wrote:
>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...

No - what got that turned off was a (French, I think) threat to put up their own
version of GPS satellites.

>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.

It is my understanding that China prefers Linux over MS Windows...

Jesse I Pollard, II

Any opinions expressed are solely my own.

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