Re: NON-US means?
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On Wed, 10 Feb 1999, Eliezer Figueroa wrote:
> Packeges in non-us means that they are not in english?
No, it means that export restrictions prevent them from being made
available for download from a site in the USA. For example, there are
laws in the US stating that it is illegal to export strong encryption
software (they think terrorists will use it or something). So, if it's
available for download from a US site and somebody in Libya downloads it,
then the people who made it available in the US are guilty of a federal
offense, even if they never intended to break a law.
By putting packages like this on a server in a country that does not have
laws forbidding the exportation of these packages, Debian can makde strong
encryption software like ssh and pgp available for download anywhere in
PGP public key available at
or by 'finger -l email@example.com'
This message was composed in a 100% Microsoft free environment.
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