Using LGPLv3+ license for libgnutls?

Simon Josefsson simon at
Wed Sep 10 10:32:00 CEST 2008

Colin Leroy <colin at> writes:

>> Using LGPLv3+ also has consequences for projects that wants to copy
>> code from GnuTLS (they need to be GPLv3+ or LGPLv3+), but that is not
>> something that happens widely enough to care about as far as I am
>> aware. If anyone knows of significant code re-use from gnutls, let me
>> know.
> If such code re-use existed, upgrading GnuTLS to v3 wouldn't impact the
> existing code re-uses, but the v2 projects reusing GnuTLS code wouldn't
> be able to update from new GnuTLS code.

Ah, right.  So ignoring the code re-use problem should be fine.

Summarizing, the only significant problem I've seen raised so far has
been incompatibility with GPLv2-only projects, and we have a concrete
list of such projects to look more closely at.


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