On Thu, Oct 14, 2004 at 08:53:54PM -0700, stheg olloydson wrote: > it was said: > > >Is there any restriction to use FreeBSD in Cuba and other countries > >where US have comercial restrictions? > >I work for a British company with branches in Cuba and Syria. So I > want > >to know if there is a limitation or if I can think about deploying > >FreeBSD globally for my company.
> Although many Americans work on the Project, I doubt that FreeBSD can > be considered and "American-made product". In any case, you can > download the software from numerous non-US servers. See > http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/mirrors-ftp.html > (URL may have wrapped) for the complete list. Pick one from a country > that has diplomatic relations with Cuba and/or Syria. The biggest problem you're going to have legally is about the export of strong Crypto to Cuba and a number of other states. That's not permitted from the USA, UK, France and many other countries. However, it *is* permitted from Canada and Germany. (That's why the OpenBSD main site is located in Canada.) Google for the "Wassenaar Arrangement" or see http://www.wassenaar.org/ for details, and consult your companies' legal team to be certain. There's no general restriction on usage anywhere in the world from the FreeBSD project itself, or from most ported software either. Exceptions do exist: check, for instance, very carefully the license terms for using Java. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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