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Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:57:57 +0100
From: Justin Cormack <>
Subject: Re: High-priority library replacements?

On 25 Apr 2013 17:52, "Zvi Gilboa" <> wrote:
> On 04/25/2013 08:51 AM, Rich Felker wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 07:44:39AM -0400, LM wrote:
>>> incompatible licenses.  The openssl library can't be used with a GNU
>>> program unless there's a waiver for it because one of the clauses in the
>>> openssl license goes against the GNU license principles.  The gnutls
>> Not _used_ but _distributed_. The GPL does not restrict use
>> whatsoever (and takes the position that it legally can't do so) so
>> it's fine to use OpenSSL with GPL programs as long as you don't
>> distribute the resulting binary. This is of course a problem for
>> package maintainers/distributions, and distributing both openssl and
>> the GNU program and a script to link them together might even be seen
>> as an infringing activity.
> What about explicitly loading the library at run-time using uselib(2) in
a plug-in like fashion?  Is that also considered problematic from a GNU

There is some disagreement about this and it depends what you distribute.
See here


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