[Fedora-packaging] Proposal: Standardized License tags

Tom 'spot' Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Wed Jun 14 21:25:00 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-06-14 at 15:18 -0600, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> As of this morning, the Fedora Core and Extras repositories have 2884
> src.rpm packages in them. Going through them, there are 191 different
> licenses listed.. many of them variants of the same name (and
> sometimes a mis-spelling). Some of the names are useful, and others
> are odd:
> libselinux -- License: Public domain (uncopyrighted)

Isn't this due to unique restrictions around NSA generated source code?

> Something like
> GNU GPL version 2 or higher [see /usr/share/fedora-licenses/GPL_v2]
> GNU LGPL version 2 or higher [see /usr/share/fedora-license/LGPL_v2]
> GNU GPL version 2 ONLY [see /usr/share/fedora-licenses/GPL_v2]
> Mozilla Public License (MPL) version 2.0 [see
> /usr/share/fedora-licenses/MPL_2.0]

Do we really need to overload this License field with all that? I'd

GPL version 2 or higher
LGPL version 2 or higher
GPL version 2
MPL version 2.0

Where the syntax is:


> it would also help to have something more clear on the packages listed
> as Distributable (all ~100 of them).. having to figure out the
> restrictions on each one is a pain.

Yeah, we should audit the "Distributable" packages. Got a list of those?

Tom "spot" Callaway: Red Hat Senior Sales Engineer || GPG ID: 93054260
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