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Apache license 2.0: OpenSSL license change leads to code distances

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 | Gadgets

In the spring of this year, the OpenSSL project announced its intention to convert its license to the Apache 2.0 license. This plan as well as dealing with the actual announcement led to partly violent criticism, especially by OpenBSD developers. The OpenSSL project is now announcing first consequences from the strict rejection.

In a blog entry of the team it is said that about 40 percent of all authors had so far responded to the request for a license change. The code of those who explicitly reject the change does not have a particularly large scope since it is only a few persons. In order to meet the rights and wishes of these authors, the affected code is also removed.
The so far largest affected part includes the so-called Cryptodev Engine. In this way, OpenSSL can ultimately access interfaces via hardware interfaces, which can accelerate certain components of the encryption routines. The engine has already been removed in the development version of OpenSSL. In the future, according to the announcement, at least a corresponding alternative for Linux and FreeBSD should be reimplemented.
For the part of the reimplementation, the team also calls on the larger community to cooperate. However, since OpenSSL is financially supported by the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) of the Linux Foundation after the Heartbleed disaster, and some companies are now actively involved in the maintenance and development of OpenSSL, this should not be too much of a problem for the project.

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