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Re: [Chicken-users] On eggs and their licensing

From: Peter Bex
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] On eggs and their licensing
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2010 15:47:25 +0200
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On Thu, Jun 03, 2010 at 09:37:48AM -0400, Mario Domenech Goulart wrote:
> > Graaah! I hate this, using GPL for essential functionality like message
> > digests.  I already killed the GPL-tainted md5 code we had and replaced
> > it with a common public domain implementation.  It shouldn't be hard to
> > find a similarly liberally licensed sha1 implementation.  If nobody
> > beats me to it, I'll try to find some time for that in the weekend.
> I don't know much about the licensing stuff, but if the eggs can have
> their licenses changed, maybe the authors won't mind changing them upon
> request.

The problem is the same as with the MD5 implementation; the egg is just a
wrapper around some C code that was taken from the internet. It's the C
code that's under the GPL license.

"The process of preparing programs for a digital computer
 is especially attractive, not only because it can be economically
 and scientifically rewarding, but also because it can be an aesthetic
 experience much like composing poetry or music."
                                                        -- Donald Knuth

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