Re: [PROPOSAL] Allowing crypto in the main archive
This is a slightly updated changed to reflect comments from people.
Debian developers can second this proposal for inclusion in the
Proposal is 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 located
in a country where it is not allowed to patent algorithms.
A package depends on another package which is distributed via the
non-us server has to be stored on the non-us server as well.
If this proposal gets accept it means Debian also shoud:
* notify the US government that we have a FTP site that distributes
* add a legal welcome message to our FTP site that informs people
about the regulations regarding crypto software. This also means
we will not be consciously exporting crypto to the 7 blacklisted
More information on the US crypto regulations can be found at
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