[openssl-dev] License change agreement

Quanah Gibson-Mount quanah at symas.com
Fri Mar 24 15:14:25 UTC 2017

--On Friday, March 24, 2017 2:17 PM +0000 "Salz, Rich" <rsalz at akamai.com> 

>> 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.
> Better in one dimension, not in the multiple dimensions that we are
> concerned about.  For example, one of the major things that is an issue
> for GPLv2 is the patent protection.  Patent protection is important to
> us.  At least now we're compatible with GPL3, which is hopefully seen as
> a major step forward.
> Yes, it is too bad we can't please all communities right now.

Yes, you brought patent protection in 2015, and in 2015, I pointed out that 
the MPLv2 also has patent protections, but here's a refresher:


The MPLv2 of course has the advantage of being compatible with both the 
GPLv2 and the GPLv3, etc.  I.e., it has much broader compatibility than the 

In 2 years time, I've yet to see one valid argument to using the APLv2 vs 
the MPLv2 originate from the OpenSSL team.



Quanah Gibson-Mount
Product Architect
Symas Corporation
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