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Re: Cryptographic software in main archive

On Sat, Mar 23, 2002 at 07:41:55PM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > Sorry, this isn't precisely accurate on the OpenBSD folks part. The GPL
> > allows you to use this exception "unless [the library] accompanies the
> > executable" which it would if the executable were allowed into main. It's
> > the exact same situation we had with KDE/Qt.
> With this reasoning, the only other way it's legal to distribute 
> GPL binaries linked against glibc and other LGPLed libraries (which 
> are also distributed in main) 

No, the LGPL (and other compatible libraries) are "GPL compatible",
which means that doing everything the GPL requires (and nothing more)
also happens to satisfy the licenses they have, and aren't a problem at
all because of this. OpenSSL isn't GPL compatible, though, so it is.
The "distributed as a core part of the operating system" exception is
only needed for libraries that aren't GPL compatible, like Solaris'
or Windows' libc.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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