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Re: DEP5: ready for CANDIDATE?

All of the below is now done, I've today done the final bits by
splitting BSD into BSD-[234]-clause and renaming some licenses to match
the names in SPDX.

As far as I know, these were the final changes that were needed. Does
anyone object if I change the status of DEP5 to CANDIDATE, and push the
version in bzr to svn at the same time? If nobody objects, I will do
that in the early days of January, and announce this on

After that, the final steps for the spec should be the following:

* integrate the spec with the debian-policy package
* as part of that, set up a stable URL

Of course, if any bugs in the spec are found, they can and should still
be fixed. I hope that no large changes will turn out to be necessary.

On ma, 2010-12-20 at 21:43 +0000, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> A summary of differences found by Charles and others, if I have
> understood correctly, with comments.
> * SPDX sometimes adds a license version, when we don't, or
>   adds a ".0" to license version
>   => ignore? the difference should not matter much
>   => maybe suggest to SPDX they drop the ".0"
> * SPDX does not have some licenses we do (Artistic v1,
>   CC0, Expat, Perl, GFDL without invariants)
>   => ignore: it's OK for us to have names for more licenses
>   => but remove Perl as a shortname in DEP5
> * SPDX has BSD 3 and 4 clause licenses with placeholders
>   => ignore: we'll just have many variants of BSD (called
>      other-FOO or whatever)
> * BSD license versions
>   => adopt SPDX naming: BSD-2-clause (from FreeBSD),
>      BSD-3-clause, BSD-4-clause (do dashes clash with
>      license version syntax?)
> * SPDX represents "or later" as a different license,
>   where we have a generic syntax, but end result is same
>   => ignore
> * SPDX treats each GPL exception as a separate license
>   => ignore, and suggest to SPDX they adopt DEP5 approach
> * LGPL+ means in SPDX that no version was specified, but no such
>   convention for the GPL
>   => ignore, it's their problem, our syntax supports it anyway
> * SPDX calls it FDL, DEP5 calls it GFDL
>   => ask SPDX to rename, since GFDL is the logical name,
>      otherwise maintain a mapping table
> * SPDX calls it Python and Python-CNRI, DEP5 calls it PSF
>   => rename in DEP5
> * SPDX calls them EFL, W3C, Zlib
>   => rename in DEP5
> * SPDX links to http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.html
>   => add link to DEP5
> * I've fixed DEP5 to use the right versions for the Perl example
>   (thanks, gregoa)
> Any comments on this? Did I miss anything, or misunderstand something?
> Are all above suggestions acceptable? If so, I'll make the changes and
> push things to svn.
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