[openssl-users] [openssl-announce] OpenSSL Versioning and License

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Wed Nov 28 21:41:40 UTC 2018

On Wed 2018-11-28 19:54:34 +0000, Jonathan Larmour wrote:
> On 28/11/18 17:02, Matt Caswell wrote:
>> Please see the following blog post about OpenSSL Versioning and License:
>> https://www.openssl.org/blog/blog/2018/11/28/version/
> :-(
> The Apache license is incompatible with GPLv2:
> https://www.apache.org/licenses/GPL-compatibility.html
> Those of us using GPLv2 code in products will no longer be able to use
> OpenSSL. For many of us, GPLv3 is not an option.

The existing OpenSSL license is arguably incompatible with GPLv2 anyway,
in some analyses:


so the move to apache2 appears to be an overall loosening of
restrictions, not making things worse (the older license was
incompatible with even GPLv3 also, yuck).  So it's an improvement over
the current state of play, no?

That said, I also would have liked something that is GPLv2-compatible in
addition to GPLv3-compatible.


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