Commit ca0afed9 authored by Richard M. Stallman's avatar Richard M. Stallman
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New node Encryption Projects.

Add a number of misc. projects.
parent dfbcdf5f
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@setfilename tasks.info
@settitle GNU Task List
@c UPDATE THIS DATE WHENEVER YOU MAKE CHANGES!
@set lastupdate 04 July 1997
@set lastupdate 18 July 1997
@c %**end of header
@setchapternewpage off
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* Kernel Projects::
* Extensions::
* X Windows Projects::
* Encryption Projects::
* Other Projects::
* Compilers::
* Games and Recreations::
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An emulator for Macintosh graphics calls on top of X Windows.
@item
A music playing and editing system.
@item
High-quality music compression software.
(Talk with phr@@netcom.com for relevant suggestions.)
@item
A program to play sound distributed in ``Real Audio'' format.
@item
A program to generate ``Real Audio'' format from audio input.
A music playing and editing system. This should work with LilyPond, a
free program for music typesetting.
@item
A program to edit dance notation (such as labanotation) and display
......@@ -332,21 +324,27 @@ An interactive 3D modeling utility with rendering/raytracing capabilities.
A program for graphic morphing of scanned photographs.
@end itemize
@node Other Projects
@chapter Other Projects
@node Encryption Projects
@chapter Encryption Projects
If you think of others that should be added, please
send them to @code{gnu@@prep.ai.mit.edu}.
These projects need to be written outside the US by people who are not
US citizens, to avoid problems with US export control law.
@itemize @bullet
@item
A free program for public-key encryption.
A free library for public-key encryption.
This program should use the Diffie-Helman algorithm for public key
This library should use the Diffie-Helman algorithm for public key
encryption, not the RSA algorithm, because the Diffie-Helman patent in
the US will expire in 1997. It should use triple-DES, not IDEA, for
block encryption, because IDEA is patented in many countries and the
patents will not expire soon.
the US will expire in 1997.
@item
A free program for sended encrypted mail using public-key encryption.
This program should use the library described above for the public-key
encryption. It should use triple-DES, not IDEA, for block encryption,
because IDEA is patented in many countries and the patents will not
expire soon.
In other respects, it should be like PGP. If the new version of PGP
no longer uses RSA and IDEA, compatibility with it may be feasible.
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for the non-public-key block encryption. I'm not an encryption expert
so I don't have an opinion about that.
This program needs to be written by someone who is not a US citizen,
outside the US, to avoid problems with US export control law.
Many people believe that PGP is free software, but that is not actually
true. The distribution terms do not allow everyone to use and
redistribute it. We used to think that these restrictions had been
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@item
Free software for doing secure commercial transactions on the web.
This too needs public key encryption.
@end itemize
@node Other Projects
@chapter Other Projects
If you think of others that should be added, please
send them to @code{gnu@@prep.ai.mit.edu}.
@itemize @bullet
@item
A free program that can transfer files on a serial line
using the same protocol that Kermit uses.
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@item
A free replacement for the semi-free Qt library.
@item
High-quality music compression software.
(Talk with phr@@netcom.com for relevant suggestions.)
@item
A program to play sound distributed in ``Real Audio'' format.
@item
A program to generate ``Real Audio'' format from audio input.
@item
An MPEG III audio encoder/decoder (but it is necessary to check, first,
whether patents make this impossible).
@item
Speech-generation programs (there is a program from Brown U that you
could improve).
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@item
Software to replace card catalogues in libraries.
@item
A project-scheduling package that accepts a list of project sub-tasks
with their interdependencies, and generates Gantt charts and Pert charts
and all the other standard project progress reports.
@item
Grammar and style checking programs.
......@@ -461,6 +483,9 @@ machine instructions into the machine language of the host machine.
(Support for emulation of other machines would enhance the program
but might make it much more difficult.)
@item
A map display or geographic information system.
@item
Optical character recognition programs; especially if suitable for
scanning documents with multiple fonts and capturing font info as well
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@item
CAD software, such as a vague imitation of Autocad.
@item
A program to receive data from a serial-line tap to facilitate the
reverse-engineering of communication protocols.
@end itemize
@node Compilers
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