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Re: GPL-3 & openssl: provide a -nossl variant for a library

On Wed, 22 Oct 2014, Thorsten Glaser wrote:
> Jelmer Vernooij dixit:
> >Samba is unlikely to add such an exception.
> So just make OpenSSL a system library finally.

It has always been a system library in Debian.

The problem is that Debian is the operating system distributing the system
libraries, and that all packages Debian distributes are *also* part of that
same operating system.


And read this, especially slides 8, 9, and 10:

Where it is clear it is indeed a concern.  Note that Fontana is both a
lawyer, and co-author of the GPLv3.

You can disagree with the current debian-legal interpretation all you want,
it is certainly not a consensus within Debian either.  But, at the end of
the day, the only really safe option is to require the license exception if
you're going to link GPL code to OpenSSL.  And that is, AFAIK, the instance
the ftpmasters decided to adopt.

Anyway, this thread likely belongs more on debian-legal than on
debian-devel.  Adding Cc: to debian-legal, you might want to move the thread

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