Can pidgin work with openssl?

Ethan Blanton elb at
Thu Aug 16 22:09:33 EDT 2007

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.


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