Arnt Gulbrandsen
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2014-04-23

Too much hate for my taste

All the hate against openssl at the moment makes me sick. Yes, it was a bad bug, and yes, the API is frustrating. Still, it reminds me of an episode at, I think, Linux-Kongress in Cologne in 2002, and it is not a pleasant memory.

I wasn't wearing any badge, and hadn't been to many linux events in the eighteen months since I left Trolltech, so some people had forgotten how I look. Including one person, who talked at length about how evil Trolltech was. About 30% falsehood and 50% opinion, and the opinion wasn't favourable. He also mentioned me specifically, with me standing slightly more than one meter to his side.

Haters gonna hate, I suppose, but it was deeply dispiriting all the same. I haven't been to Linux-Kongress since.

2010-01-19

Switching to OpenSSL

Archiveopteryx uses OpenSSL by default starting with version 3.1.3. Sadly, it runs noticeably better than with Cryptlib.

Compatibility with other TLS stacks is clearly better. (more…)

2009-12-01

Cryptlib in a sea of OpenSSL

Archiveopteryx uses Cryptlib. Still. It's good code, and Abhijit and I trust Peter. Almost everyone else on the planet uses OpenSSL. A few outcasts use something that shares code with OpenSSL, such as GnuTLS or SSLeay (why do these people all have a MiXEDcaps fetish?), and there's an even smaller lot that uses cryptlib, matrixssl etc.

Naturally, there are interoperability issues. There always are, (more…)