Free software and public administrations?

Jan-Oliver Wagner jan at
Tue Nov 26 13:54:28 UTC 2002

On Tue, Nov 26, 2002 at 03:50:59PM +0200, Anton Zinoviev wrote:
> I'd like to mention one argument against GPL which can be heard from
> time to time here.  If the government decides to use the existing GPL
> software for security related works, then they will have to publish
> all algorithms which are state secrets now.

The answer is simple: Any encryption algorithm that allows
to crack the code from just knowing the algorithm is
a bad algorithm.

There are already better algorithms published and widely used.

Jan-Oliver Wagner     

Intevation GmbH	          

More information about the Discussion mailing list