For a few years I distributed NetBSD via Poul-Henning Kamp's CTM software. The integration of cryptographic software into the NetBSD source tree made it impractical to continue distribution from Australia, and as the number of users of the service was dropping I discontinued the service in June 2000.
Date: 18 Jun 2000 00:25:36 -0000 From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Subject: NetBSD CTM distribution ceasing Hi all, I am planning to stop my CTM distribution of NetBSD-current source. My immediate reason for this is the integration of cryptography software into the main tree. This was done after the recent relaxation in the USA's export regulations controlling such software. Unfortuantely, a similar change has not to my knowledge been made in Australian regulations, and I don't believe that it is legal for me to re-export this source! (Yes, this is silly.) For anyone interested I recommend the Electronic Frontiers Australia web site: http://www.efa.org.au My alternatives seem to be: 1. exclude the cryptography source from the CTM deltas This is possible, but as the cryptography source is no longer all in one place this is not as easy as it might be and the resulting tree will not build cleanly. 2. ignore the problem and/or hope that my understanding is incorrect There is precedent; the SSLeay source code was exported from Australia for many years without apparent problems. I'm not keen to become a test case, however. 3. stop the distribution Other factors influencing my tentative decision are: (a) the subscriber list has been slowly dropping, and is now down to four (b) recent postings on the NetBSD mailing lists proposing an official CTM distribution didn't get any feedback, positive or negative (c) in the four years since I established the "experimental"(!) CTM distribution other mechanisms have been introduced, including rsync, anonymous CVS, and recently CVSup. I'm hoping that each of you will be willing to make do with one of them, even though they are not as easy to get through a firewall as email. If anyone is interested (now or later) in setting up a machine elsewhere in the world to run a CTM distribution on I would be prepared to help you set it up. Thoughts and suggestions are welcome. If nothing changes I'll update my web page and the FTP site in a week or so. Regards, Giles Sun Jun 18 10:23:36 EST 2000