Can pidgin work with openssl?
jeff.sadowski at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 03:28:28 EDT 2007
I hate licensing issues. Isn't there some magical wand we can wave to
make these kind of issue go away?
On 8/16/07, Ethan Blanton <elb at pidgin.im> wrote:
> Evan Schoenberg spake unto us the following wisdom:
> > On Aug 16, 2007, at 12:13 PM, Daniel Atallah wrote:
> > >Plain and simple, the OpenSSL license imposes additional restrictions
> > >and consequently is incompatible.
> > If OpenSSL is included in your distribution (it is with OS X), then
> > the rules change a bit, as (or so I understand it) the GPL explicitly
> > provides an exception for linking against libraries which ship with
> > the distribution regardless of their original license.
> Not to get into a license argument, but "distribution" is up for
> debate. Many contend that the fact that certain Linux distributions
> ship with OpenSSL as an available package, for example, does not
> count. We have not historically considered it sufficient for
> inclusion in libpurple, on those grounds. OpenBSD, on the other hand,
> may be a different story; OSX is somewhat different yet.
> The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
> for evils]. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
> determined to commit crimes.
> -- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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