kernel.org Announces Availability of Open Source Cryptographic Software

    Date31 Jan 2000
    CategoryCryptography
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    According to H. Peter Avin, kernel.org is going to make Open Source cryptographic software available on their site. After consultation with their legal counsel they have decided to enact this change as of Monday Feb 14, 2000 at 22:00 . . . According to H. Peter Avin, kernel.org is going to make Open Source cryptographic software available on their site. After consultation with their legal counsel they have decided to enact this change as of Monday Feb 14, 2000 at 22:00 UTC (14:00 PST, 17:00 EST, 23:00 MET).

    Due however to the various regulation changes in exportation of cryptographic software that have allowed this, kernel.org will no longer support official mirrors in the following countries (or allow other official mirrors to be listed as supporting them): Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, Syria or Yugoslavia.

    The changes in cryptographic exportaion laws recently issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) allow for U.S. companies to export encryption products around the world to commercial firms, individuals and other non-government end-users under a license exception (i.e., without a license). For source code, the regulations have also been reduced. Commercial encryption source code, encryption toolkits and components can now be exported under license exception to businesses and non-government end-users for internal use and customization and for the development of new products.
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