On Mon, 2007-09-17 at 18:02 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
"Tom \"spot\" Callaway"
> Some of Fedora's packages are using an MD5 implementation which is under
> a GPLv2/v3 incompatible license, specifically, the RSA implementation
> which is under BSD with advertising.
Hmm. mysql does appear to be using this implementation, but since they
are specifically distributing under GPL v2 *only*, I'm not sure it's a
problem. Or are you saying BSD+ad is incompatible with v2 as well?
Yes. BSD+ad is incompatible with GPLv2 and GPLv3.
> If it is the RSA
> implementation, we're going to need to replace it (coreutils has a GPL
> compatible implementation that should be a drop in).
Not sure I see the point of the sort of patch you seem to envision.
If we are shipping SRPMs containing upstream tarballs that contain
BSD+ad code, haven't we got an issue anyway?
BSD + advertising is Free, but GPL incompatible. It only becomes a
problem when BSD+ad code is directly compiled into GPL/LGPL licensed
code. So, its fine to have a standalone BSD+ad package, but it is
definitely not fine for a GPL licensed software package to have BSD
+advertising code inside it.