Re: comments on PGP *5*
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On 14 Sep 1998, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>>>"Zed" == Zed Pobre <email@example.com> writes:
> Zed> That list is severely outdated, and most of the reasons either do
> Zed> not or no longer apply to PGP 5.0, especially PGP 5.0 for Linux as we
> Zed> have it here
> Thanks for the heads up. What about patent and licensing
> issue? Is there a Debian package of 5.X that is legal to use in the
> US (being linked with rsaref, for example)?
I just checked. Oddly enough, we don't have a pgp5-us package, so
no, you can't just install a precompiled binary that's US-legal.
However, recompiling to use RSAREF is a pretty trivial matter IIRC, so
anyone downloading our source/diffs would only have to make a small
change. Considering that the license is so bad that you can't
distribute modified binaries for PGP in the US anyway (actually,
someone should have a look at this -- my recollection of the license
from when I first read it was that nobody was ever going to be able to
distribute modified versions of it and that even the PGP-i versions
were infringing. Since PGP hasn't attempted to do anything unpleasant
to the PGP-i folks, I'm probably wrong, but still...), I'm not sure it's
worth the effort...
Here's to hoping that GPG gets to a useful state sometime soon.
Zed Pobre <firstname.lastname@example.org> | PGP key on servers, fingerprint on finger
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