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Re: NOTE: Please publicize any license changes to your packages



On Tue, 2007-07-24 at 17:18 -0400, Colin Walters wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-07-24 at 13:55 -0700, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > On Tue, 2007-07-24 at 12:51 -0800, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> > 
> > >  I'd really like to avoid a situation where we have to start
> > > arbitrarily rolling back commits to clean up linking violations which
> > > could have been avoided through reasonable communication.  As more
> > > individual projects who were previous under LGPL2/GPL2 start
> > > relicensing we may need to adjust how we do things until the licensing
> > > situation settles out and upstream projects are back to a consistent
> > > understood licensing state.
> > 
> > this is where tools help!
> > if the License: tag is machine parsable, at least some of the "mistakes"
> > can be detected. It won't be perfect, but it's at least some level of
> > safeguard.
> 
> We should be *reducing* the amount of manually-created goo[1] involved
> in putting software into Fedora, not increasing it.
> 
> An automatic tool which scans the actual sources included upstream
> wouldn't be difficult to write.  In fact it seems very likely to already
> exist, though I couldn't find something in a quick search.

when spot looked into all of our licenses before he found this was not
all that much that case. Especially when it has to look for things like
'or later' and multiple licenses per package.


-sv



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