SPDX Feb General Meeting Minutes

Phil Odence



For techies, interesting discussion of custom license name space proposal. I hope my non-techie notes capture the essence.




General Meeting/Minutes/2019-02-07

< General Meeting‎ | Minutes

·         Attendance: 10

·         Lead by Phil Odence

·         Minutes of Jan meeting approved 




·         1 Tech Team Report - Kate/Gary

·         2 Legal Team Report - Jilayne

·         3 Outreach Team Report - Jack

·         4 Cross Functions

·         5 Attendees

Tech Team Report - Kate/Gary[edit]

·         Tools

·         SoC in again

·         Variety of proposals on Wiki

·         We’ll hear back end of Feb

·         Steve W 

·         created a tool to scan the kernel looking for SPDX

·         Contributed Go libraries

·         Go Steve

·         Specification

·         Discussing Marks Idea for alternative name spaces

·         Spec can handle

·         What guidance do we provide?

·         Starting to take pull requests into 2.2 spec

·         Focus for next few months

·         Started a tech call in Asia friendly 

Legal Team Report - Jilayne[edit]

·         License List

·         New process and links posted

·         Published policy says advocates need to stay engaged or requests may drop off the radar

·         GitHub process seems like a great way to handle requests

·         Need work outside the call 


Outreach Team Report - Jack[edit]

·         LinuxCon Aussie Presentation

·         Included Stat1/3 of files in Kernel have SPDX in them

·         Great momentum

·         Panel at FOSDEM on OSS Compliance tooling

·         Alexios attended

·         Lots or proposals on tools, so organizers turned into a panel w/ Bradley K moderating

·         Theme was need for interoperatblity

·         Video will be published

·         Alexios also mentioned that at recent copyleft conference, SPDX came up in every talk

·         Website

·         Looking into status of move to Wordpress with LF

·         Request a new license page has been directed to GitHub repo

·         Need an Outreach reboot

Cross Functions[edit]

·         Alternate name space

·         Basics

·         Many companies have source available non-OSS licenses

·         Would be good for companies to be able to have standard local names

·         Proposal is to use DNS

·         Addresses issues with flat, first come first served

·         DNS will be around for a long time

·         Allows companies to self-assign

·         Internationalized by default

·         Immediately readable

·         Leading dot clearly differentiates from SPDX standard names

·         Challenges

·         Doesn’t cary text

·         Companies’ names may change through M&A and may lose domains in the process

·         How to ensure that a company doesn’t change license text 

·         Sentiment is in favor of

·         Retain “License Ref” prefix

·         Standardize on place to log license data

·         In a one-license SPDX doc

·         Mark will mock up with one of the Amazon licenses, collaborating with Kate



·         Phil Odence, Black Duck/Synopsys

·         Kate Stewart, Linux Foundation

·         Mark Atwood, Amazon

·         Jilayne Lovejoy

·         Gary O’Neall, SourceAuditor

·         Dennis Clark, NexB

·         Alexios Zavras, Intel

·         Jack Manbeck, TI

·         Mark Baushke, Juniper

·         David Ryan


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