[Fedora-legal-list] [RFC] Switching to SPDX in license tags

Haïkel hguemar at fedoraproject.org
Thu Jul 9 16:15:04 UTC 2015

2015-07-09 16:49 GMT+02:00 Richard Fontana <rfontana at redhat.com>:
> On Thu, Jul 09, 2015 at 04:41:00PM +0200, Haďkel wrote:
>> From my PoV, the abbreviation system is already an improvement,
>> if it's commonly shared with other distros (and Suse already switched to it).
> I don't see how it's an improvement if the underlying meaning of the
> abbreviations is not standardized. Does "BSD" as an abbreviation mean
> the same thing in Suse as it does in Fedora? I don't know but I am
> skeptical.

If it weren't then it would have no meaning at all.
A nomenclature has no interest if there's no common definition!

> If the underlying meaning of the abbreviations is not itself
> standardized, then (for purposes of the distros) the SPDX abbreviation
> system is a pseudo-standard and I would expect or at least hope the
> SPDX group would oppose the watering-down of the meaning of any aspect
> of the standard.
> The only possible benefit I see is a psychological one: Fedora
> participants would be able to convince themselves that Fedora was
> using a standard and enjoy the good feeling that I gather is
> associated with that even though in reality there would be no
> standard.
> RF

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