IRCd-Hybrid with OpenSSL support in Debian: licences conflictresolution
ag at roxor.cx
Sun Sep 3 11:53:45 EDT 2006
On Sun, Sep 03, 2006 at 11:27:45AM -0400, Jon Lusky wrote:
> Changing the license is much easier said than done. There are many
> copyright holders in IRCD-Hybrid, many that predate the Hybrid project, and
> changing the license would require approval by all of them.
I guess you are right, IRCD-Hybrid GPL cannot be altered. It is pure
GPL'ed, period. :)
The only valid option which remains is to modify IRCD-Hybrid to use
GNUTLS. Easier said than done too, but nearer to the reality. If
everything is GPL'ed, there is no issue. I was exploring the "no
coding" option, before starting to think of a GNUTLS port...
> The simplest solution is for Debian to include OpenSSL as part of their base
> operating system, then there would be no licensing conflict if users linked
> against OpenSSL. However, if someone would like to volunteer to modify
> ircd-hybrid so that it can use either OpenSSL or GNUTLS, that would be
OpenSSL is included in Debian, it is not the issue at hand. What is
problematic is that we cannot legally link IRCD-Hybrid with OpenSSL,
because of the pure GPL and OpenSSL Licence conflict. Debian is strict
with licensing and I find it natural.
Therefore, the Debian package will stay as-is with no SSL support by
default, till someone or I start to port IRCD-Hybrid on GNUTLS. ;)
.''`. Aurélien GÉRÔME
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`. `'` Free Software Developer
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