SPDX License List coverage for a full distro

J Lovejoy

Hi all,

I wanted to raise a question I've been thinking of in light for Fedora and other open source OS distros looking to adopt use of SPDX license identifiers in various ways.

One concern that has been raised in the context of Fedora is: what if there are a bunch of permissive license variants not in the SPDX License List that would need to be added? How will SPDX handle that? My gut response is that SPDX would have to answer that question when it arises and it may depend on how many new entries we are talking about (an unknown at this point).

But this raises a broader more philosophical question:
Should the SPDX License List have enough coverage of licenses that a free/open operating system (eg Fedora, Debian, FreeBSD, etc) could rely on their use (with maybe the exception of non-free, firmware)?

What do you all think?


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