[Nut-upsdev] Announce: new team member (to work on Mozilla NSS port)

Rob Crittenden rcrit at greyoak.com
Tue Nov 30 20:40:23 UTC 2010

Arnaud Quette wrote:
> Dear fellows,
> As you have probably seen, NUT has had a recent boost through the help 
> of Eaton.
> Frederic Bohe (contractor for Eaton France) has worked on Augeas, and is 
> now working the Windows port.
> Chetan Agarwal, seconded by Prashi Gandi (both from Eaton India) are 
> working on XCP and quality / validation related projects.
> I'm now pleased to announce that Emilien Kia (contractor for Eaton 
> France) is joining the team to work on Mozilla NSS port.
> A branch (ssl-nss-port) was created some time ago to track the work on 
> this topic.
> But now that we have somebody to work on it, we can expect result soon 
> (around Christmas).
> For the recall, the port from OpenSSL to Mozilla NSS will:
> - solve a major distribution isssue: since OpenSSL is licensed under 
> BSD, some (most) Linux distributions were not able to ship NUT packages 
> with SSL support enabled. NSS being available under 3 licenses, among 
> which the GPL, this will soon be an old story.
> - NSS is FIPS 140 certified, while OpenSSL is not. For more information 
> on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIPS_140

OpenSSL is FIPS-certified. See 
(cert 1111 in general, RHEL 5.4 cert 1320, etc).

In any case, if you run into any problems I'm to blame for 
nss_compat_ossl. It's been a while since I worked on it so I'm a tad 
rusty but ping me if you need help.


> - finally, there is a move in Linux distributions, toward standardizing 
> on NSS everything related to certificate management.
> That means in the end that Linux distro would be able to provide tools 
> (textual and graphical) to manage a central certificates repository, 
> which means easier tasks for the users.
> Please join me into welcoming Emilien, and supporting the Eaton 
> Opensource team ^_^
> @Michal: I hope you will enjoy ;-)
> cheers,
> Arnaud
> -- 
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> Network UPS Tools (NUT) Project Leader - http://www.networkupstools.org/
> Debian Developer - http://www.debian.org
> Free Software Developer - http://arnaud.quette.free.fr/
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