[openssl-dev] License change agreement

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Fri Mar 24 19:49:10 UTC 2017

* Quanah Gibson-Mount:

> --On Friday, March 24, 2017 9:02 PM +0100 Florian Weimer <fw at deneb.enyo.de> 
> 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.
> So that would imply then that moving to the APL would be a step backward, 
> since it is explicitly GPLv2 incompatible. ;)

It's certainly not “explicitly” GPL-incompatible.  Doesn't the Apache
Software Foundation maintain that the intent was it to be compatible?
(Which doesn't mean the result of the license design process actually
is, but it sheds some light on the “explicitly” part.)

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