MIT kerberos vs heimdal

Tomasz Pala gotar at
Sat Feb 7 17:37:31 CET 2015

On Sat, Feb 07, 2015 at 16:42:17 +0100, Arkadiusz Miśkiewicz wrote:

>> Anyone knows/remembers why did we choose heimdal over MIT? 
> IPv6 support I guess.

According to and

supported since 1.9. This was an issue 12 years ago

- if so, shouldn't we reconsider? Last heimdal 1.5.2 was released
3 years ago, while krb5 1.13 is 3.8 months old.

"The Heimdal Kerberos implementation was explicitly developed outside of
the US to avoid export regulations."

"Heimdal is an implementation of Kerberos 5 (and some more stuff)
largely written in Sweden (which was important when we started writing
it, less so now)."

It seems heimdal is obsoleted. MIT is definitely not.

Tomasz Pala <gotar at>

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