Minutes from SPDX May General Meeting

Philip Odence





General Meeting/Minutes/2017-05-04

General Meeting‎ | Minutes

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




Guest Presentation- Philippe[edit]

  • ScanCode
    • Open source project
    • Tool to enable developers to find the license and origin of components they are using
  • Features
    • Accurate
      • Scanned Linux kernel and results were superior to two other tools that were tested
    • Handles source and binaries
    • Well tested and community maintained
    • Easy to improve license detection
  • How it works
    • Input: Simple test files
    • Performs a diff against a large number of licenses and mentions
    • Handles packages via package manager.
    • Uses natural language parser for copyrights
    • Output in SPDX (or JSON)
  • Two pieces ScanCode Toolkit and Code Manager
  • Other projects in code.org


Tech Team Report - Kate/Gary[edit]

  • Restarted discussions about feature needs for next release
    • Looking at:
      • Philippe’s results
      • Debian
      • Other testing results
    • Wiki page has ideas for next release or two
      • Feel free to add there or via email
  • Also looking at putting together a test suite
    • Set of packages 
    • Results to be compared
  • Google SoC
    • Select three proposals
    • Students being notified about now
    • Next steps
      • Community bonding
      • Working with Students
      • Will provide status


Outreach Team Report - Jack[edit]

  • Working on Umbrella project
    • A wrapper around all the repositories for tools
  • Discussion of a tool certification project
    • Aiming to have done in Q1 18 timeframe
    • Initial testing at LinuxCon Europe. Prague in Oct
  • Call for Papers this week for NA LinuxCon, LA in August


Legal Team Report - Jilayne[edit]

  • Down to 24 licenses to review
  • Proposal for how to handle non-English licenses
    • Have handled some ad hoc
    • Need a broader policy
    • Will have implications for license matching guidelines



  • Phil Odence, Black Duck
  • Kate Stewart, Linux Foundation
  • Gary O’Neill, SourceAuditor 
  • Philippe Ombrédanne- nexB
  • Brad Edmondson, Harvard
  • Jilayne Lovejoy, ARM
  • Jack Manbeck, TI
  • Robin Gandhi, UNO
  • Kevin Nelson, Optum
  • Dennis Clark, Palamida