[gnutls-devel] Licensing problem LGPLv3+ vs. GPLv2only conflict

Tomas Mraz tmraz at redhat.com
Fri Jul 19 15:58:29 CEST 2013

Hello all,

as was noticed by Debian and GNOME developers and reported here
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=986347 the GnuTLS 3.x is
effectively LGPLv3+ because it links to gmp which is LGPLv3+ although
the GnuTLS itself is LGPLv2+. The biggest problem it causes is that
multiple software applications that are GPLv2 and use gnutls which
creates the licensing conflict. Is there any way out of this mess?

Tomas Mraz
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