[xmlsec] FAQ 1.3
aleksey at aleksey.com
Sun Aug 24 13:38:00 PDT 2003
I have drafted a combined answer for current FAQ topics 1.2
and 1.3. Any comments and suggestions are welcome.
1.2. Can I use xmlsec with proprietary application or library?
Can I use xmlsec with a GNU GPL application or library?
XML Security Library is released under the MIT license
allows you to link it with proprietary applications as well as with
GPLed code. However, xmlsec library is based on other libraries
and you should look at all the licenses to get the full picture. The
table bellow summarizes my understanding of the situation. You
might want to talk with your lawyer to confirm that it is correct.
Using with proprietary applications/libraries
Using with GPL applications/libraries
LibXML2 <http://xmlsoft.org>/LibXSLT <http://xmlsoft.org/XSLT> MIT
License <http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.html> Yes.
xmlsec-openssl (also requires xmlsec-core library)
<http://www.openssl.org> OpenSSL License
May be. OpenSSL FAQ <http://www.openssl.org/support/faq.cgi#LEGAL2>
states that OpenSSL library is covered by a special GPL exception
<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#WritingFSWithNFLibs> thus it
could be used in GPLed applications/libraries. However, some people
think that this is not true (one
xmlsec-gnutls (also requires xmlsec-core library) GnuTLS
Yes, but the application source code must be also released under GPL.
xmlsec-nss (also requires xmlsec-core library) NSS
Mozilla Public License <http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mozilla1.0.php>
Probably yes, but at the time I am writing this there are some
unresolved issues <http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=217162>.
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