[xmlsec] openssl license issue

Aleksey Sanin aleksey at aleksey.com
Thu Aug 8 08:09:10 PDT 2002

It's not fully correct statement that OpenSSL could not be used with 
GPL'd apps.
See the GPL FAQ: 
Sometimes I think that GPL was invented by lawyers.....

AFAIK, GnuTLS is on the very earlier stage of development. Plus now they 
only hi-level API (SSL/TLS) and not low level encryption stuff I need. I 
think they have
a long way to go before they can replace OpenSLL.


John Belmonte wrote:

> Hello,
> XMLSec depends on OpenSSL, whose license(s) has a BSD-style 
> advertising clause that is not compatible with the GPL.  This means 
> that XMLSec can't be used in GPL'd applications.
> There is GnuTLS (http://www.gnu.org/software/gnutls/), which in a 
> recent version appears to have started an openssl compatibility 
> interface. GnuTLS is under LGPL.  If the implementation becomes 
> usable, perhaps xmlsec could provide a configuration choice for 
> OpenSSL or GnuTLS.
> -John

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