Re: Proposed spec for external packages

Jeremiah Foster <jeremiah.foster@...>

On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 8:09 PM, Kate Stewart <kstewart@...> wrote:
On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 11:40 AM, Mike Milinkovich <mike.milinkovich@...> wrote:
On 04/08/2015 12:15 PM, Kate Stewart wrote:
I agree we should not depend on closed standards.  However,  the question is do we want to be able to reference to external packages that other systems are supporting?

Beats me. But to me the proposed solution looks much worse than whatever problem it is that you're trying to solve. Speaking of which, where is the document that describes the problem you're trying to solve?

The base document that these changes are being proposed for is SPDX 2.0 see: 

My impression is that the consumers of open source software are trying to create a system to make it easier to identify and manage the artifacts used within their organization. Is that correct?

The goal of software package data exchange (SPDX) is to create a common way to communicate copyright and licensing information in the entire ecosystem.   There are producers and consumers through out the entire supply chain.   

Open source projects are built on top of other open source projects all the time (libraries, dependencies, etc.)    Providing a clear way that can be machine readable and trusted,`

How do you propose it be trusted? It is just a string! You need substantially more infrastructure than just a SPDX tag to generate trust. 


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