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Re: [PROPOSAL] Allowing crypto in the main archive

At 12:51 PM 01-10-2001 -0800, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
In light of this I'm proposing to change section 2.1.5 of the
Debian policy to say:

     Non-free programs with cryptographic program code need to be stored
     on the "non-us" server because of export restrictions of the U.S.

     Programs which use patented algorithms that have a restrictied
     license also need to be stored on "non-us", since that is location
     on a site where it is not allowed to patent algorithms.

     A package using a program which is distributed via the non-us
     server has to be stored on the non-us server as well.

Hypothetical example: encryptit is a DFSG-free user-mode file encrypter/decrypter, that uses a plug-in architecture for it's encryption algorithms -- thus there is also encryptit-idea, encryptit-des, encryptit-blowfish, encryptit-rot13, and so forth. Because IDEA encryption is patented, encryptit has to be in non-us/main.

By your wording, since encryptit uses encryptit-idea, encryptit must be on non-us/main as well. This seems not ideal.

Perhaps "A package that depends on a package which is distributed via the non-us server has to be stored on the non-us server as well." would be better? Then encryptit could suggest encryptit-idea and live in main (not non-us/main).


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