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Re: debian/copyright format and SPDX

On 2023-09-08 12:09:09 +0530 (+0530), Hideki Yamane wrote:
>  SPDX is led by the Linux foundation project, OpenChain for license
>  compliance.

Unless I'm misreading, OpenChain follows the REUSE specification
which acknowledges the sufficiency of "DEP5" formatted license info:


Since Debian's machine-readable format has been around longer than
either of the newer formats you mentioned, it seems like it would
make more sense for the tools to incorporate a parser for it rather
than create needless churn in the package archive just to transform
an established standard into whatever the format-du-jour happens to
be (and then halfway through another new format gains popularity,
and the process starts all over again).

Sorry to come across as skeptical, but there are organizations out
there churning out redundant "standards" rather than reusing
suitable existing formats, and while I'd like to assume that it's
simply because they did insufficient research to be aware of prior
art, it seems like all too often it's in pursuit of signing on more
and more donors at the expense of distracting active free/libre open
source software communities from what they would normally focus on
Jeremy Stanley

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