Changing from gnutls26 to gnutls28 in quantal?

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Wed Aug 1 05:48:26 UTC 2012

On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:15:40PM -0700, Scott Ritchie wrote:
> I'm still confused here, since unless I'm mistaken I can link
> proprietary programs with LGPL-3+ software, but evidently not GPL 2
> programs?

> That implies there's something in the GPL-2 itself that prohibits
> such a thing, but I can't seem to find detail in the FAQ there.

The GPLv2 requires that the source for the work and "all modules that it
contains" be distributed under the terms of the GPLv2 itself.  A work that's
distributed under LGPLv2 (or LGPLv2+) may explicitly be distributed under
these terms.  A work that's distributed under LGPLv3 explicitly may *not* be
distributed under those terms.  Therefore a GPLv2 binary linked with an
LGPLv3 library fails to meet the terms of the GPLv2 - the same as a GPLv2
binary linked with OpenSSL does.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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