GNU TLS Licensing

Ian McKellar yakk at
Tue May 15 06:17:01 CEST 2001

On Tue, May 15, 2001 at 12:52:33AM +0300, Nikos Mavroyanopoulos wrote:
> 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.

I was aware that gnutls wasn't ready for production yet (but I didn't know
what the limitations were). I guess support for this is just a matter of time.
> > 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.

Okay. Do you think relicensing gnutls would be an option if libgcrypt could
be relicensed?



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