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Re: DEP5: ready for CANDIDATE?

On ma, 2011-01-10 at 19:24 +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> The current version of the DEP specifies that the differences with the SPDX
> format will be tracked. My understanding of this, and the discussions we had
> before, is that we will use the same short names than SPDX unless specified
> otherwise. The SPDX list includes a full copy of the license, and a beta
> program is starting, with the aim of releasing a spec within three months.
> http://spdx.org/wiki/beta-program-doc-and-email-blurb
> I think that if they acheive their schedule, SPDX 1.0 will be out before DEP5
> is declared ACCEPTED. Then we could simply refer to SPDX 1.0 and its license
> list, which is comprehensive. Also, if we have additions or changes to suggest,
> it is perhaps not too late.
> Also, it is not too late to ask the Linux Foundation that the SPDX
> specification will be redistributable by Debian. Its license is Creative
> Commons Attribution 3.0, and according to the Debian wiki it may be acceptable
> in our archive. But we will need the source PDF. Also, some license texts
> themselves are not modifiable, but since we already make an exception for the
> GPL, we may make one for them as well ?
> For the current list in the DEP's revision 154, I think that Lars forgot to
> remove the FreeBSD license when he added the BSD-2-clause, which is how SPDX
> calls it. I can also add links to the licenses in the DEP, following the patch
> that I sent earlier (http://lists.debian.org/20100814075847.GE5219@merveille.plessy.net).

I think I agree with your proposal to link to SPDX. Alternatively, we
could collect the licenses as attachments to the spec, or point at the
ones on the OSI site. I'd rather avoid attaching things, but otherwise
I'm fine with anything.

Charles, would you be willing to provide a patch to link to SPDX and fix
the FreeBSD shortname issue? I seem to have shown myself to be a bit
careless with this license thing, and I make sloppy edits (this is
probably because I find this part to be the least interesting one, and
one that I've dreaded for months).

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