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Re: curl situation is intolerable

On Mon, Sep 12, 2005 at 11:09:31AM +0200, Olaf van der Spek wrote:
> On 9/12/05, Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:
> > On Sun, Sep 11, 2005 at 09:46:26PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> > > I don't care about the callback.  The package maintainers have the job
> > > of deciding whether the packages implement the same ABI or not.
> > > DECIDE.

> > > If the answer is "yes", then they should both be drop-in replacements,
> > > and Provide the same virtual package.

> > That isn't really an option so long as we have the GPL/OpenSSL license
> > issue to deal with, regardless of whether the ABI matches.

> Really?
> I thought that if the interface matches the user can link whatever he
> wants, because he doesn't (re)distribute the results.

There isn't universal agreement on this point, and it's never actually
been tested in court.  Debian generally plays it safe, though, there
doesn't seem to be much reason to be a test case for this given that at
least some copyright holders of GPL works don't want their code used
with OpenSSL.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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