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[Lynx-dev] License incompability with new GnuTLS releases

From: Andreas Metzler
Subject: [Lynx-dev] License incompability with new GnuTLS releases
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 16:54:55 +0100
User-agent: tin/1.9.2-20070201 ("Dalaruan") (UNIX) (Linux/2.6.22-3-amd64 (x86_64))


lynx can optionally be linked against GnuTLS' openssl compability
wrapper library. The latest stable relases of GnuTLS (2.2.0) has a
changed license:

- Main library continues to stay LGPLv2.1+ (the "+" meaning "or (at
  your option) any later version")

- OpenSSL compability wrapper and PGP support is now GPLv3+ instead of

lynx' license is GPLv2 (without the "or later"-clause).

Since now lynx and gnutls-openssl license are incompatible it will not
be possible to distribute binaries of lynx linked against
gnutls-openssl anymore. This is basically the same situation as with
OpenSSL. I guess changing lynx' license is not feasible due to huge
number of authors, therefore the only doable only solution I can think
of is to convert lynx to use GnuTLS' native interface.
cu andreas
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