[Fedora-packaging] Re: Revived License: tag proposal

Jason L Tibbitts III tibbs at math.uh.edu
Thu Dec 14 19:39:29 UTC 2006

>>>>> "SJS" == Stephen John Smoogen <smooge at gmail.com> writes:

SJS> B) One should distinguish v1 and v2 of the GPL. The changes if I
SJS> remember were rather important. I don't know of any code though
SJS> under v1.

I recall that the original discussion about this came to the
conclusion that GPL1 and 2 shouldn't be distinguished.  I'll see if I
can't dig it up:

[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:41:43] <abadger1999>      Okay.  License Tags isnext
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:42:09] <tibbs>    List discussion seemed to lean towards this being just a superficial description of the license.
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:42:31] <tibbs>    That we shouldn't try to get too specific with the license tags.
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:42:46] <lutter>   yeah, I don't see that ever being more than an indication
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:42:51] <abadger1999>      I tend to agree with that.
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:43:00] <tibbs>    So "GPL", not "GPLv2" and "GPLv3", etc.
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:43:20] <tibbs>    And "BSD", not "BSD with advertising".
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:43:21] <abadger1999>      The License field shouldn't be misleading, though.
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:44:10] <abadger1999>      So if GPLv2 and GPLv3 are different enough we would want to differentiate.
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:44:13] <tibbs>    And packagers should brave the rpmlint warning rather than lying about the license just to shut it up.
[Thu Aug 10 2006] [11:44:17] <lutter>   for GPL, I could go either way; if it's BSD with modifications, why not just 'BSD variation'

SJS> D) I would go for a standardization as the following:

SJS> Name of license, Version of license, File(s) to see details.

Well, that's contrary to pretty much all of the previous discussion.
How do others feel?

 - J<

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