[openssl-dev] License change agreement

Blumenthal, Uri - 0553 - MITLL uri at ll.mit.edu
Fri Mar 24 04:11:48 UTC 2017


Apache license is fine for me, while GPL could be problematic. Incompatibility with GPLv2 is not a problem for us. 

If it is a problem for somebody - feel free to explain the details. Though I think the decision has been made, and the majority is OK with it. 

Regards,
Uri

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> On Mar 23, 2017, at 22:27, Quanah Gibson-Mount <quanah at symas.com> wrote:
> 
> --On Friday, March 24, 2017 1:37 AM +0000 Peter Waltenberg <pwalten at au1.ibm.com> wrote:
> 
>> 
>> OpenSSL has a LOT of commercial users and contributors. Apache2 they can
>> live with, GPL not so much.
>> There's also the point that many of the big consumers (like Apache :))
>> are also under Apache2.
>> 
>> Least possible breakage and I think it's a reasonable compromise. Of
>> course I am biased because I work for the one of the commercial users.
> 
> Zero people that I know of are saying to switch to the GPL.  What is being pointed out is that the incompatibility with the current OpenSSL license with the GPLv2 has been a major problem.  Switching to the APLv2 does nothing to resolve that problem.  As has been noted, the current advertising is a huge problem with the existing license.  One of the reasons that has been a big problem is that it makes the license incompatible with the GPLv2.  So on the one hand, getting rid of that clause is great.  On the other hand, getting rid of it by switching to the APL is not great, because it doesn't resolve the fundamental problem of being incompatible with the GPLv2.
> 
> As was noted back when this was brought up in 2015, there are other, better, licenses than the APLv2 which are also GPLv2 compatible.  The MPLv2 being an example of such a license.  There is also BSD, MIT/X11, etc.  The GPLv2 incompatibility of OpenSSL is a major problem.
> 
> --Quanah
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