August SPDX General Meeting Minutes

Philip Odence

LinuxCon Europe: If you are attending, there will be a supply chain focused session on Thursday after LC, so consider in your travel planning
LinuxCon NA Bakeoff: A reminder for anyone producing SPDX docs, there will be a “Bake Off” at LCNA and there are still openings for participants. See Kate’s July 23 mailing to the General List for details.
General Meeting Special Presentations: We are always looking for volunteers to talk briefly (10 mins or so) about their organization’s use of SPDX and the License List. If you have a story, I promise, others are interested.


L. Philip Odence
General Manager Audit Services
Vice President of Corporate and Business Development
Black Duck Software, Inc.
8 New England Executive Park, Suite 211, Burlington MA 01803
Phone: 781.810.1819, Mobile: 781.258.9502
Skype: philip.odence

General Meeting/Minutes/2015-08-06

  • Attendance: 10
  • Lead by Phil Odence
  • Minutes of June meeting approved

Tech Team Report - Kate & Gary[edit]

  • Focus has been on how to add external identifiers
    • Packages (for which there is no SPDX file)
    • Security
  • Planning to get back to snippets in the next month
  • Folder is up for the LinuxCon NA bake off 
    • Prep is already generating good feedback and conversation
  • Tooling
    • Tools should be ready to go for bakeoff
      • Try out new ‘verify’ command
      • Bugs can go to the Tools mailing list or get logged in the bug systerm
    • FOSSology now has a beta release generating SPDX RDF directly
      • They are looking for testers

Legal Team Report - Paul[edit]

  • Activity on Fedora mailing list about using SPDX identifiers
    • Kate has been responding to straighten out some misunderstanding
  • Working on standard headers
    • Mark G keeping up draft
    • For license that have no prescribed header, discussing whether we will recommend
  • Jilayne’s talk accepted to LinuxCon Europe

Biz Team Report - Jack[edit]

  • Slow progress on revamp of website
    • Moving company logos to Participation menu
    • Adding Adoption section and links

Cross Functional Topics - Phil[edit]

  • Linux Foundation is rebranding Open Compliance Program in October timeframe
    • Goal to improve educational materials
    • Logos may change and trying to tie into new initiatives
  • LinuxCon Europe
    • Will likely be more of a focus on Compliance
    • Probably adding a Thursday session on Supply Chain / OpenChain
  • Mailing List
    • Lost admin for mailing lists and wiki
    • Mailing lists will be handled by team chairs
    • Still need someone to manage the Wiki; Kate raised hand
  • Always looking for special presentations for the General Meeting


  • Phil Odence, Black Duck
  • Mark Gisi, Wind River 
  • Scott Sterling, Palamida 
  • Gary O’Neill, SourceAuditor 
  • Kate Stewart, Linux Foundation
  • Jack Manbeck, TI
  • Michael Herzog- nexB
  • Pierre LaPointe, nexB 
  • Yev Bronshteyn, Black Duck
  • Jilayne Lovejoy, ARM