[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: Balsa: Indirect linking to OpenSSL via LGPL and OpenLDAP libs

On Mon, 16 Dec 2002 19:47, Andrew Lau wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> 	I was wondering whether it would be legal for me compile and
> link Balsa (GPL) to the libesmtp5 (LGPL) [1] and libldap2 (OpenLDAP PL
> [2]) libs. Doing so results in a binary that is indirectly linked to
> OpenSSL for which Balsa does not have a exclusion clause for at this
> current time. I don't know whether this indirect linking will produce
> a contaminated package that is unacceptable for main.
> Yours sincerely,
> Andrew "Netsnipe" Lau
> [1] http://www.stafford.uklinux.net/libesmtp/
> [2] http://www.openldap.org/software/release/license.html

The consensus (or at least 'general principle') here seems to be:

Indirect linking is still linking, and the GPL prohibits linking with
code and distributing the binaries if the other code can't also be
distributed under the terms of the GPL. (per Steve Langasek[1])


1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2002/debian-legal-200211/msg00253.html

Reply to: