Re: R-alpha: R and Linux RedHat-4.1

Luke Tierney (luke@stat.umn.edu)
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 10:14:40 -0600 (CST)


From: Luke Tierney <luke@stat.umn.edu>
Message-Id: <9703261614.AA26709@nokomis.stat.umn.edu>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: R and Linux RedHat-4.1
To: plummer@iarc.fr (Martyn Plummer)
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 10:14:40 -0600 (CST)
In-Reply-To: <199703260948.KAA24790@hypatia.math.ethz.ch> from "Martyn Plummer" at Mar 26, 97 10:53:35 am

> 
> I didn't know this, but you're quite correct! It's about as illegal
> as "walking around with a scud missile under your arm". However, by
> virtue of my diplomatic status here in France I might be able use it
> (I work for the WHO. Technically I'm not on French soil as I type this).
> I'll have to ask the Administration. 
> 
> For those people who can't use pgp it would be nice if they could
> have some confidence that binary packages had already been checked
> by someone who _can_ use it.  One solution would be to require that
> binary packages and add-ons are uploaded to the CRAN archive with a
> separate signature file. The package/signature file pair  can then
> be checked before being moved out of the "incoming" directory.  Mirror
> sites can run a cron job to check the integrity of the packages on a
> regular basis.
> 
> This also benefits people who don't know about, or can't be bothered
> to use pgp.
> 
> Martyn

For what it's worth, the MMM browser and plug-in for Caml applets at
http://pauillac.inria.fr/~rouaix/mmm/ seems to use PGP for applet
authentication even though they are based in France. Maybe they have
worked out a way around the legal hurdles.

luke



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