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Re: Fedora Board Recap 2007-JUL-10

On 7/13/07, Josh Boyer <jwboyer jdub homelinux org> wrote:
On Fri, 2007-07-13 at 03:34 -0800, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> On 7/13/07, Alexandre Oliva <aoliva redhat com> wrote:
> > New builds that change licensing terms should check any library
> > dependencies for license incompatibility.  E.g., a GPLv2 program must
> > not depend on a GPLv3+ or LGPLv3+ library, and a GPLv3+ program must
> > not depend on a GPLv2 library.  (not sure about GPLv3+ / LGPLv2
> > compatibility, I haven't thought much about it, and IANAL :-)
> I'm very wary at attempting to rely the licensing tag in spec files
> for any automation like this out of the gate. There are packages which
> include multiple pieces of code under different licenses and of course
> packages with code under multiple licenses. These situations aren't
> codified in the licensing tag.


I think we went over this twice in the last 2 years.. the consensus in
the past was that the Licensing Tag was insufficient (yet another item
showing the age of RPM :)) to express the complexity of licensing of a
lot of packages. Ideas on improving things was that all applicable
licences would need to be included in
/usr/share/<package-name-version-release>/ or that a helper item be
created that could allow a package to symlink the appropriate license
to that directory. Most of the ideas required either extra bueracracy
or code changes in how we layout packages. [Everypackage requiring
fedora-licenses which would be a copy of all GPL's, MPL's, etc and
have the appropriate symlink tool].

Stephen J Smoogen. -- CSIRT/Linux System Administrator
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed
in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"

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