[openssl-dev] License change agreement

James Bottomley James.Bottomley at HansenPartnership.com
Fri Mar 24 19:22:14 UTC 2017

On Fri, 2017-03-24 at 20:02 +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
> * 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.

This is my understanding as well.  From the GPL side, for both dynamic
and static linking of openssl to GPLv2 code, the section 3 system
exception applies.


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