[openssl-dev] License change agreement

Quanah Gibson-Mount quanah at symas.com
Fri Mar 24 21:13:41 UTC 2017

--On Friday, March 24, 2017 1:49 PM -0700 James Bottomley 
<James.Bottomley at HansenPartnership.com> wrote:

> On Fri, 2017-03-24 at 20:24 +0100, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 12:22:14PM -0700, James Bottomley wrote:
>> >
>> > 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.
>> Not everybody agrees that it applies.
> debian-legal is OK with shipping other libraries which require the
> system exception to link with GPLv2 code, so I don't find their
> position to be entirely self consistent.  Regardless, if you move to
> Apache-2.0 you'll still use the system exception to link with GPLv2
> code, but it will be much more acceptable.

If you mean <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPL_linking_exception>, I would 
note that not all software includes such an exception.  I ran into that a 
few times in the past, and had to work with the authors to adjust their 
license (in one case) and move to alternatives for other cases.



Quanah Gibson-Mount
Product Architect
Symas Corporation
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