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Re: What licenses should be included in /usr/share/common-licenses?

On Sat, Sep 09, 2023 at 08:35:27PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:

>     Licenses will be included in common-licenses if they meet all of the
>     following criteria:
>     * The license is DFSG-free.
>     * Exactly the same license wording is used by all works covered by it.
>     * The license applies to at least 100 source packages in Debian.
>     * The license text is longer than 25 lines.

I like this. I'd say that even if a license is shorter than 25 lines I'd
appreciate to be able to link to it instead of copypasting it.

I like to be able to fill the license field with a value, after checking
that the upstream license didn't diverge from what it looks like. I'd
love to use SPDX IDs there, for example. In an ideal world, I'd like to
autofill debian/copyright with SPDX IDs from upstream metadata. Having a
link to a file goes closer to having a declarative license ID.

In general the less bytes I have to maintain in debian/* the happier I
am, and as a personal aesthetic sense I feel like the less bytes we all
have to maintain in debian/* the less is our collective maintenance


GPG key: 4096R/634F4BD1E7AD5568 2009-05-08 Enrico Zini <enrico@enricozini.org>

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