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Re: lynx-dev Could SSL (moudlo Open=SSL) become mainstream?

From: Duncan Simpson
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Could SSL (moudlo Open=SSL) become mainstream?
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2000 16:05:25 +0000

Yup, I see it could be difficilt... although the reasons are a bit different 
IMHO. AFAIK lynx SSL does not contain any crypto stuff itself so there is no 
way it can viokate th RSA or any ther crypto patent itelf.

OpenSSL is *BSD s/Bekley/Eric Young/, which is presumably a more serious 
problem. Mixtures of *BSD and GPL componets are a well known probem---owuld a 
compile tiem probe solve the problem for source distirbutions?

It has been proposed run time probes and dlopen effectivewly bypass the 
library issue wrt GPLware, whatveer licence the library uses. If there was 
presuer to do it, I could come up with some generic library probing at run 
time code. Install a sharable version of openssl

The RSA patent only applies in the US and dies on Semptember the 20th, 
reducing the issue to IDEA (free for non-commercial use anywhere, but patent 
issued >=1992 in both Europe and the US). There have been several positions 
wrt PGP in a commercial environment (this was in the days when no commercial 
versions where avaialble outside the USA and Canada),
Duncan (-:
"software industry, the: unique industry where selling substandard goods is
legal and you can charge extra for fixing the problems."

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