Contributed by jose on from the crypto dept.
"In a message from Theo, sent to the misc@ mailing list:I have truncated the message below, but you can find Theo's full message here and the whole thread on the subject in the mailing list archives . The subject is the inquiry is donation by Sun of ECC support to the OpenSSL project. While having ECC would be very nice, at what cost do we accept such a gift?
"In such a way, by means of the slippery slope, a free software project becomes not as free, and eventually, less and less free.
Before anyone speaks up about and says "that restriction does not affect me". It does indirectly affect you. It means that some other vendor that uses this code, and subsequently ends up having a spat with Sun, ends up wasting money on legal efforts, and our entire society pays for that. My take on it, is that this is the way the legal industry ensures itself future work.
On the other hand, here in OpenBSD land we will continue to strive to make our software more and more free. We've been squishing odd license terms which contain non-free restrictions throughout the source tree for about 2 years now.""
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