Conill: The long-term consequences of maintainers’ actions

[Distributions] Posted Sep 17, 2021 16:06 UTC (Fri) by corbet

Ariadne Conill looks at the difficulties caused by the OpenSSL 3 transition in the context of Alpine Linux.

For distributions, however, the story is different: cryptography moved to using Rust, because they wanted to leverage all of the static analysis capabilities built into the language. This, too, is a reasonable decision, from a development perspective. From the ecosystem perspective, however, it is problematic, as the Rust ecosystem is still rapidly evolving, and so we cannot support a single branch of the Rust compiler for an entire 2 year lifecycle, which means it exists in community. Our solution, historically, has been to hold cryptography at the latest version that did not require Rust to build. However, that version is not compatible with OpenSSL 3, and so it will eventually need to be upgraded to a new version which is. And so, since cryptography has to move to community, so does paramiko and Ansible.

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