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posted by martyb on Friday March 24 2017, @08:21PM   Printer-friendly
from the socket-to-me dept.

The OpenSSL project, home of the world’s most popular SSL/TLS and cryptographic toolkit, is changing its license to the Apache License v 2.0 (ASL v2). As part of this effort, the OpenSSL team launched a new website and has been working with various corporate collaborators to facilitate the re-licensing process.

“This re-licensing activity will make OpenSSL, already the world’s most widely-used FOSS encryption software, more convenient to incorporate in the widest possible range of free and open source software,” said Mishi Choudhary, Legal Director of Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and counsel to OpenSSL. “OpenSSL’s team has carefully prepared for this re-licensing, and their process will be an outstanding example of ‘how to do it right.’ SFLC is pleased to have been able to help the team bring this process to this point, and looks forward to its successful and timely completion.”

The website will aid the OpenSSL team’s efforts to contact everyone who has contributed to the project so far, which includes nearly 400 individuals with a total of more than 31,000 commits. The current license dates back to the 1990’s and is more than 20 years old. The open source community has grown and changed since then, and has mostly settled on a small number of standard licenses.

The full announcement is at https://www.openssl.org/blog/blog/2017/03/20/license/


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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by NCommander on Friday March 24 2017, @11:44PM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <mcasadevall@soylentnews.org> on Friday March 24 2017, @11:44PM (#483921) Homepage Journal

    OpenSSL's licensing is always been kinda a mess. It's dual-licensed, SSLeay, and four-clause BSD with the adversing clause. While free software, that made it incompatible with GPL software by a strict reading of the later. This is why Debian requires a licensing exemption to ship anything against OpenSSL.

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