Re: non-free/contrib policy
On Sun, 20 Jul 1997, Bill Mitchell wrote:
> It seems like the primary ftp site should be outside the U.S.
> Then, the crypto stuff could be on it and everyone (both inside
> and outside the U.S.) could download from it. Also, U.S. mirrors
> could download from that site, and U.S. downloaders could download
> from the mirrors. No more non-us split.
> One problem with this might be legal concerns on the part of those
> U.S. mirrors that someone located outside the U.S. would download
> from them, and that might be seen as their "exporting" the material.
> If that's a concern, the mirror could choose not to mirror the
> crypto packages. There's probably few enough of those packages
> that they could be removed by manual admin.
AFAIK, placing a file on a public ftp server is treated as "exporting" the
files, even if noone downloads the files. So the FTP servers in the US
couldn't mirror non-us.
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