Re: OpenSSL and GPLed programs
On Sat, Jun 16, 2001 at 04:03:33PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> [...] In particular, the
> OpenSSL license is probably not GPL compatible, due to both an explicit
> "You can't use this code under the GPL"-esque clause, and two or three
> obnoxious advertising clauses.
It not only has the obnoxious advertising clauses, but it also has the
Apache style "trademark" clauses (Products derived from this software may
not be called [some words]).
> This doesn't make OpenSSL non-free, but it does cause problems for a
> number of packages in the archive which both appear to be under the GPL,
> and which are linked against openssl.
Maybe some of the programs can be build against the Network Security
Services (NSS) library from the Mozilla project which is dual-licensed
under the MPL and the GPL which should be compatible with most other
This is what the mutt project did when it was pointed out to them that
mutt (under GPL) could not be combined (and distributed as a new derived
work) with OpenSSL.
I believe the new new Mozilla packages include NSS as seperate libraries
in the libnss3 and libnss-dev packages but I haven't tried them yet.
Stuff to read:
What's Wrong with Copy Protection, by John Gilmore