General Meeting/Minutes/2019-02-07

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

Tech Team Report - Kate/Gary

  • Tools
    • Applying to participate in GSoC for 2019
    • tools-golang
      • Steve Winslow has contributed new Go libraries to SPDX to support generating SPDX documents see:
      • He also created a tool to scan the kernel looking for SPDXIDs that Kate used for her talk at LCA to get latest status of the Kernel.
      • Go Steve!
  • Specification
    • Discussing Mark Atwood's Idea for alternative name spaces for companies licenses that are not open source.
      • Spec can handle via "LicenseRef-"
      • What guidance do we provide?
    • Unblocking contributions to 2.2
      • Kate is working with Thomas to unblock contributions to 2.2 (switch master over to 2.2 from 2.1.1)
      • We will be starting to take pull requests into 2.2 spec, for features approved, please assign issue to yourself if you want to write up the feature.
      • Focus for next few months
  • Started a tech call in Asia friendly time
    • Call will be on 2nd Tuesday of each month 10am Japan/12pm Australia (and 5pm PST Monday) on
    • First topic will be SPDX-lite discussion that's started in the OpenChain workgroup.

Legal Team Report - Jilayne

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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