[gnutls-dev] Re: libgwenhywfar and gnucash

Thomas Bushnell BSG tb at becket.net
Fri Jun 9 21:34:02 CEST 2006

Andreas Metzler <ametzler at downhill.at.eu.org> writes:

> On 2006-06-09 Thomas Bushnell BSG <tb at becket.net> wrote:
>> Simon Josefsson <jas at extundo.com> writes:
> [...]
>> > The OpenSSL emulation layer in GnuTLS is quite thin, and I wouldn't
>> > recommend anyone to use it unless they have a very strong reason to do
>> > so.  I haven't seen a good reason here yet.
>> Debian has made extremely heavy use of it, because of the noxious
>> license on openssl.
> [...]
> Are you sure about that? On a quick search I have not found a single
> major package in Debian using openssl compat. For example openldap2,
> exim4, cups, samba all do not use the compatibilty layer but the

lynx and ofx are the ones that come up on my system.

I guess that doesn't count as "extremely heavy".  It was the standard
advice when we became aware of the openssl license problems that
developers were advised to link against gnutls-openssl instead of
ssl.  It is good that this is minimally needed.

The real question is not so much whether we have a compat layer, as
much as we want gwenhywfar to be usable in GPL'd programs. ;)


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