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I can has encryption too?

Linux Hater's Blog - Wed, 25/06/2008 - 6:43am
Wow. I didn't even know about this one until a coworker pointed it out to me today.

There are three main security/encryption/certificate libraries on Linux. Yep, three. That's two more choices than we need. Hurray?

There's the famous OpenSSL, which lots of both proprietary companies and free software projects use.

Then there's the freetard gnutls, because you know, GNU/free is more free than free. Seriously, they wrote another implementation because they couldn't deal with the fact that while OpenSSL was BSD licensed, it required that they OpenSSL project be advertised in derivative works. Hey check it, I got this great idea: I want to clone a useful and carefully developed library just so that nobody can tell me how to give the authors credit. Who's with me?

Then there's the nss library that came from Mozilla. Not too much to say here, except that it made gnutls pretty much irrelevant, since nss is triple-licensed (of which two are GPL, and LGPL). Take that gnutards!

I'd like to again call for another round of applause for the FSF. They again managed to totally divert a bunch of scarce developer resources into a totally worthwhile cause. Hurray for freedom! I feel freer already.