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Re: Bug#168554: Status of Sarge Release Issues (Updated for May)

On Thu, May 08, 2003 at 10:42:18AM -0000, MJ Ray wrote:
> Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> wrote:
> > Actually it does.  GNU TLS's OpenSSL compatibility layer is licensed
> > under the GPL, not the LGPL, last time I checked.  This would cause
> > problems for at least some works we distribute.

> Indeed it is.  I was referring to MySQL in particular, not debian in
> general.  It still has implications, but maybe less nasty.

Well, there is currently a sub-optimal fork in the MySQL client libs,
because of the lack of licensing clarity.  Linking against GNUTLS would
make libmysqlclient GPL-compatible, but wouldn't meet the needs of any
GPL-incompatible packages in the archive (there are several; they all
link against libmysqlclient10 today).

Linking against GNUTLS is certainly an improvement over the status quo,
at least, since the well-publicized GPLing of the library would make it
completely non-distributable when linked against OpenSSL.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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