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Re: O: gnu-standards -- GNU coding standards

On Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 02:36 , Jeff Licquia wrote:

Except that most of the crypto technology you used to find on Italian
and Dutch FTP servers was either code from the USA or (rather poorly)
algorithms from the USA.

Yes, that's because it was perfectly legal to print it out and mail it, but not to send it on a disk.

Don't ask. Our government was, until very recently, deluded that foreigners could not type. Or OCR.

It _did_ have a very detrimental effect on the adoption of cryptography and cryptographic research in general, though. So, arguable, it worked. Many projects (OpenBSD, FreeS/WAN, etc.) still refuse code from the US. It is arguable still working to a small extent.

This is, however, very off topic.

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