[ros-users] manifest.xml license tag
morris at ee.ccny.cuny.edu
Thu Jun 16 22:54:34 UTC 2011
On Thu, 2011-06-16 at 15:23 -0700, Ken Conley wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 3:06 PM, Bill Morris <morris at ee.ccny.cuny.edu> wrote:
> > On Thu, 2011-06-16 at 14:43 -0700, Ken Conley wrote:
> >> It's a simple addition, but I'm wondering if it is redundant with the
> >> URL. i.e. while there is a general URL for the LGPL license, there is
> >> a specific URL for the 3.0 license:
> > That is a reasonable solution, but not as machine parseable. I can think
> > of use cases where someone doesn't want to install GPLed code, but I'm
> > not sure there is a use case for the version info.
> Basically I'm wondering if
> <license url="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-3.0.txt"
> is preferable to
> <license url="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-3.0.txt">LGPLv3</<license>
> The separate version attribute favors the family of license, names the
> license as a physical entity. I'm mildly leaning towards the latter
> because license versions are not really equivalent to software
> versions. GPLv3 really is a distinct and different license from
> GPLv2, it's not an upgrade per se.
The advantage with the idea of grouping licenses is that decreases the
number of permutations. However, I'm not sure what use there is for a
machine parseable license tag besides code audits.
> Also, I would include "please, please don't use Creative Commons.
> Even Creative Commons says don't do it":
Another problematic one is undefined licenses. Anything is better than
undefined because I can't agree or disagree to an undefined license.
> >> ???
> >> No Clue
> >> Unknown1
> >> WhoCares
> >> trivial-features
> >> unknown
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