Subject: Re: DCE/DFS
To: None <>
From: Dave Burgess <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/01/1997 15:44:31
> On Mon, 1 Sep 1997 21:08:42 GMT 
>  is@Beverly.Rhein.DE wrote:
>  > : Basically, an RPC API (not like Sun's RPC).  Both DCE and DFS use
>  > : Kerberos 5 for RPC authentication.
>  > 
>  > That is, unusable for us Europeans?
> Well, unless there's a version that was either:
> 	(a) developed outside the US, or
> 	(b) there is an "approved for export" version that was developed
> 	    within the US.

	(c) the source code was exported on paper and then scanned and
	OCRed in a foreign country.  That was how PGP got exported.
	Apparently, there is a loophole in the export restrictions which
	say you can't ship source code in machine readable form, but
	printed source code is perfectly OK.  The PGP source code was
	some enourmous number of lines, and is being sold to 'the rest
	of the world' by some commercial entity in Finland.

> Yes, I find it just as annoying as you do.

Because of this (especially the press I've seen in Government Computer
News) I expect the export restrictions on software will soon be made
either 'moot' or 'unenforcable'.  Either way, you can expect the
government to maintain course, no matter how ludicrous it is to do so.

Dave Burgess                   Network Engineer - Nebraska On-Ramp, Inc.
*bsd FAQ Maintainer / SysAdmin for the NetBSD system in my spare bedroom
"Just because something is stupid doesn't mean there isn't someone that 
doesn't want to do it...."