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[Mingw-cross-env-list] Re: License issue / dependencies on OpenSSL

From: Garth Dahlstrom
Subject: [Mingw-cross-env-list] Re: License issue / dependencies on OpenSSL
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:21:06 -0500

Not to side-step the issue of licensing, but I'm not entirely convinced the 
reason the Qt SDK for Windows do not build with OpenSSL enabled (they don't 
dynamically against OpenSSL on Windows in the SDK) doesn't have more to do with 
US crypto export controls then whether the linking of BSD against LGPL code is 
okay or not.

If you think about it, the classes that link against OpenSSL are copyright of 
Nokia (QSsLSocket class)...  If they thought there was a problem with linking 
between BSD and LGPL code, they could have just removed these classes.

The issue of cypto control is skirted by not redistributing OpenSSL as part of 
Qt,   it becomes the problem/liability of the operating system company on how 
to enforce that the crypto levels are okay for the country the machine runs in. 
  Microsoft just chooses not to redistribute OpenSSL libs at all.

Obviously, if someone builds from source, there is nothing anyone can do about 
crypto export controls.

[ I'm so old, I remember a time when Netscape Navigator could only distribute a 
40-bit encryption version outside the US because of US Crypto export 


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