General Meeting/Minutes/2017-12-07

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  • Attendance: 15
  • Lead by Gary O'Neall
  • Minutes of Nov meeting approved

Guest Speaker - Pedro Giffuni - FreeBSD

  • Overview and history of FreeBSD
  • Licensing - several variations of licenses, difficult to keep track
    • Mostly free of copyleft (exceptions tools like gcc)
    • Mix of BSD styles, MIT, ISC
  • SPDX helps solve some of the issues with non-uniform licenses
  • SPDX helps describe licenses when sharing code with other projects
    • Used WindRiver service to do initial identifications
    • Identified licenses needed manual review - not all of the license matches were precise
    • Breakdown of the licenses found was provided
  • Pedro has been adding the SPDX tags
  • Currently, only tagged C files and headers
  • Build files and documentation still need to be tagged
  • Just adding tag, not removing the licenses
    • Discussion on the advantages / disadvantages of keeping the license
    • Most important aspect is to add the SPDX ID for easy identification
  • Question on tagging some of the non-core files
    • Other projects are outside the tree and not currently tagged - they are maintained by other groups

Tech Team Report - Kate and Gary

  • SPDX proposals for 2.2 and 3.0 versions of the spec are now in github
  • Some discussion on extending the license expression to include an ambiguous operator
  • Some discussion on various tooling effort including the tools presented by Thomas in Prague
  • Most tooling efforts have been focused on supporting the legal team move to the license XML format
  • Kate and Philippe provided an update on the use of license ID's in the Linux Kernel
  • Philippe presented at the Paris Open Source summit

Outreach Team Report - Jack

  • Moving to new wordpress website
  • Encouraged everyone to take a look at the site (note: you will need access to sign in)
  • Target to move in December, but it may end up being January

Legal Team Report - Jilayne

  • Closed the GPL identifier issue requested by the FSF
    • The updated solution was accepted by FSF and Richard Stallman
  • We are now in "feature freeze" for the next release
    • We should hold off on opening up or discussing larger issues not related to the next release
    • Effort should be focused on resolving remaining issues in the github repository

Attendees

  • Kate Stewart, Linux Foundation
  • Philippe Ombredanne, NexB
  • Bradlee Edmondson, Harvard
  • Pedro Giffuni, FreeBSD
  • Robert Musial, Progressive
  • Jeff Luszcz, Flexera
  • Dennis Clark, NexB
  • Gary O'Neall, Source Auditor
  • Alexios Zavras, Intel
  • Jilayne Lovejoy, ARM
  • Scott Lammons, FreeBSD
  • Mathew Crawford, ARM