Johan Wevers johanw at
Sun Nov 2 00:21:39 CET 2003

Newton Hammet wrote:

>> >Strange... my results (on a 100MB random/binary file) are:
>> >PGP 2.6.2:       74 seconds
>> >GPG 1.0.6-2:     26 seconds
>> Try pgp 2.6.3ia. 2.6.2 was a US version that used an inefficient RSA
>> library due to patent isues.

>I believe there should be no patent issues with RSA.  Its patent
>expired on September 20, 2000.

That's true now, but not when pgp 2.6.x came out. The copy of the pgp 2.6.2
source I have is dated in 1997, and my copies of the pgp 2.6.3ia source are
from 1998.

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