CUPS is now linked against OpenSSL (was: Re: GnuTLS in Debian)

Svante Signell svante.signell at
Sat Jan 11 17:44:16 UTC 2014

On Sat, 2014-01-11 at 17:55 +0100, Didier 'OdyX' Raboud wrote:
> Hi all,
> this "GnuTLS in Debian" thread triggered my switch of the src:cups 
> package from linking against GnuTLS to now link against OpenSSL. CUPS is 
> GPL-2 only with an OpenSSL exception.

> Now, as far as I understood the thread, there are suggestions floating 
> around to stop caring about this incompatibility and just consider "as a 
> project" that OpenSSL is a system library, but this decision hasn't been 
> formally taken yet.
> So as far as CUPS is concerned, I see three ways forward:
> 1) revert the switch to OpenSSL and link against GnuTLS 2. This
>    basically postpones the question to the moment when GnuTLS 2 is
>    removed from Debian. As I understood the thread, GnuTLS 2 is likely
>    to be removed from testing before the freeze, right?
> 2) switch to GnuTLS 3. This is not allowed because GnuTLS 3 is GPL-3 and
>    CUPS is GPL-2 only.

What are the chances of cups re-licensing (dual-licensing) to GPL2+?
This would be a step in the right direction. (in worst case use some
other software package than cups as default for printing)

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