[openssl-dev] License change agreement

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Fri Mar 24 19:02:25 UTC 2017

* Quanah Gibson-Mount:

> 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.

The alleged incompatibility of OpenSSL with the GPLv2 has been used to
promote GNUTLS in the past (and to a much lesser extent, a certain
crypto consolidation effort intending to switch everything to NSS).
But GNUTLS has since left the GNU project, and I'm not aware of anyone
on the distribution side still saying that the old OpenSSL license
(particular when used as a dynamically-linked system library) and the
GPLv2 are incompatible.  It's just not considered a problem anymore.

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