GNU TLS Licensing

Nikos Mavroyanopoulos nmav at
Tue May 15 00:05:01 CEST 2001

On Mon, 14 May 2001 13:39:18 +0800 Ian McKellar <yakk at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm the maintainer of GnomeVFS - the GNOME Virtual Filesystem library. The
> library provides a simple api for accessing filesystems both local and remote.
> I'm working on SSL support so that we can implement HTTPS. Unfortunately there
clients and servers implementing https use mainly x509 certificates, and this
is something gnutls cannot handle at the moment.

> are no SSL implementations that are license-compatible with GnomeVFS's LGPL.
> Are there any plans to license GNU TLS (and its dependant libraries) under
> the LGPL? Right now I'm using OpenSSL which is clearly incompatible (BSD with
> advertising) and the only alternative is Netscape's NSS (dual MPL/GPL).
There are no plans to change gnutls' license to lgpl for the moment.
Even if I did, libgcrypt (which gnutls uses), is under gpl too.

> Thanks,
> Ian

Nikos Mavroyanopoulos
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