[arch-dev-public] Using SPDX License list as identifiers
diabonas at archlinux.org
Tue Oct 22 18:02:42 UTC 2019
On 2019-10-22 15:01, Allan McRae via arch-dev-public wrote:
>> It would also be a
>> little more accurate; eg. the SPDX allows for distinctions such as
>> "LGPL-3.0-or-later" vs. "LGPL-3.0-only".
> I thought we already managed that, but it seems in rather limited use
> these days looking at our -Si output. e.g.
> Licenses : LGPL-2.1
> Licenses : LGPL-2.1+
Adding a plus doesn't appear to be standard practice, on the PKGBUILD
ArchWiki page  the policy regarding GPL versions is described as
- (L)GPL — (L)GPLv2 or any later version
- (L)GPL2 — (L)GPL2 only
- (L)GPL3 — (L)GPL3 or any later version
which is not very clear for the uninitiated. I think that using SPDX
license identifiers is a good idea since they provide a unified way to
unambiguously refer to commonly used licenses. They are used by many
projects , most notably the Linux kernel.
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