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Re: Bug#485553: ITP: charybdis -- fast, scalable irc server


On Tue, 2008-06-10 at 21:18 +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 11:50:47AM +0200, Miriam Ruiz wrote:
> > 2008/6/10 Guus Sliepen <guus@debian.org>:
> > > On Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 11:43:53PM -0500, William Pitcock wrote:
> > >
> > >> * URL             : http://www.ircd-charybdis.net
> > >> * License         : GPL
> > >>
> > >> Like oftc-hybrid, I intend to link this to OpenSSL. Since nobody
> > >> seems to care about that, I'm going to assume that it's OK.
> > >
> > > People DO care, and it is not OK. Linking with OpenSSL is only allowed
> > > if there is an exemption to the license of charybdis that explicitly
> > > allows linking to the OpenSSL. See for example this page which gives a
> > > nice summary and links to some related debian-legal emails:
> > >
> > > http://www.gnome.org/~markmc/openssl-and-the-gpl.html
> > 
> > I don't know if it's possible, but you might want to try to link it to
> > GNUTLS [1] instead.
> GNUTLS has an OpenSSL portability layer, but it is not complete.  It would
> require some porting work.
> Btw, the build system in ircd-charybdis considers OpenSSL an optional
> dependency.  If it's an optional feature, why not just disable it untill a
> better solution is found?

Because SSL is a requirement for my requirements. I wish to replace
inspircd with something that is more suited for my requirements (e.g.
something I can use CGI:IRC with, without having ban-evasion issues).

We've already found a temporary solution (although I certaintly don't
like the side effect that it makes the daemon binary GPLv3), which is to
use the portability layer until a native backend for GNUTLS is written
(and just simply not have the certificate-based opering feature until
it's properly abstracted -- right now it's dependent on libcrypto

Obviously a native GNUTLS backend is the best solution, but releasing
charybdis 3.0.2 with an openssl.c that can build against gnutls-extra is
fine for the immediate future.


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