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From Leo Simons <m...@leosimons.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL][VOTE] Subversion
Date Sun, 08 Nov 2009 23:39:52 GMT
On Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM, Greg Stein <gstein@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 14:44, Greg Stein <gstein@gmail.com> wrote:
>> All of the existing tags/branches of svn use a tweaked Apache Software
>> License, v1.1, and generally have a file header claims a copyright by
>> CollabNet.
>>
>> trunk is licensed under Apache License, v2, and has a file header as
>> defined by the Apache Legal Affairs Committee, though with SVNCorp
>> rather than ASF as the rights-holder to the distribution. After we
>> import the codebase, we intend to tweak all of the file headers on
>> trunk with s/SVNCorp/ASF/.
>
> To clarify this further: I believe that a release from *trunk* matches
> a standard Apache release.

Well, at the moment, probably not quite. In particular, the incubator
PMC is (in)famous for being very nitpicky (err, careful) about
licensing stuff, it's an "enlightening" experience to go through I
would say. You might want to have some fun with RAT:
http://incubator.apache.org/rat/

It finds things like this:

* No license header (some examples):
  ./subversion/bindings/swig/ruby/svn/core.rb
  ./tools/bdb/svnfs.py
  ./tools/client-side/server-version.py

* GPL license header (I understand why, but, ugh):
  ./build/config.guess

(and some 600 other complaints most of which are readily ignorable).
The various tools and scripts that say stuff like "released under the
same license as subversion" could probably do with a little attention
as well.

AIUI it from reading dist.sh those files would go into the released
tarball (I didn't attempt to actually run dist.sh, that'd take me too
much time to try and do properly).

Oh and according to what I read the other day on legal-discuss@a.o the
reference to the license details about the python bindings probably
ought to belong in the LICENSE file not in the NOTICE file.

On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 12:07 AM, Greg Stein <gstein@gmail.com> wrote:
> We're not ready for an alpha, but we could do an "internal" experimental
> release. I seem to recall seeing that in the docs.
>
> How about that?

Sure :)


ciao,


Leo

PS: +1 to start incubation obviously. The record is 2 weeks set for
MerlinDeveloper back in 2003...you have 9 days left to try and beat it
:)

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