[svlug] Kernel2.2.6, GNOME CVS, and RH5.9

Derek J. Balling dredd at megacity.org
Mon Apr 26 10:29:43 PDT 1999

At 01:25 PM 4/26/99 -0400, Deirdre Saoirse wrote:
>On Mon, 26 Apr 1999, Derek J. Balling wrote:
>> That's a US company. Therefore, if the US company has it on their FTP site,
>> and that FTP site is within the US boundaries, they're breaking the law
>> (because someone from say, Libya, could connect to the FTP server and
>> download it, making in then EXPORTED from the US->Libya).
>Right, unless they export-control that download. Good point. :)

Hence, including SSH in Linux distro's (for those companies based in the
US) is a Bad Idea(tm).  It requires them to either maintain foreign
webservers, or restricted access to files, yada yada yada. (e.g., a royal
pain in the arse).

I love SSH, use it regularly, and wish it COULD be included in distros,
BUT... until the US gets off its collective ignorance and joins the 90's, I
don't see that being feasible. 

This MAY actually give SUSE some greater penetration by not having to deal
with that nonsense at all, since they're based completely outside of the
US. The only people who it would affect are those who re-press distrubution
CD's and sell them in the US. They'd have to make sure they didn't ship
them back outside of the US (or THEY would have to make a Exportable SUSE
so they could stay in business *grin*)


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