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From Noah Slater <nsla...@tumbolia.org>
Subject Re: Permissive license for supporting files
Date Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:07:33 GMT
Here's the thread that started this:


The summary is: Do we really need to add an Apache license header to all of
our config files? Are there times we can omit it, or can we add a note to
LICENSE saying that all config files are licensed under the Apache license.

I think this question largely goes away if the ASF approved a short, all
permissive, licenses for supporting files. (And the GNU All Permissive, as
we call it in Debian, seems like as good a place to start as any.)

On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM, Noah Slater <nslater@tumbolia.org> wrote:

> The boilerplate is large, and can often be larger than the rest of the
> file. A config file might have three or four lines, sometimes a bit more.
> It would be nice to have a three line license header we can use for such
> supporting files.
> (Not talking about small files that form the core of the product. I'm
> talking about supporting files. Configuration, etc. Specifically in the
> case of CloudStack where we're shipping a lot of configuration files for
> various systems.)
> On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM, Kevan Miller <kevan.miller@gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Sep 30, 2012, at 8:23 AM, Noah Slater wrote:
>> > Hey,
>> >
>> > We're just going through the configuration files we ship with
>> CloudStack, and it occurred to me that given the simplicity of most of
>> these files, we might want to distribute them with a more simple, more
>> permissive license.
>> >
>> > To quote the GNU maintainer manual:
>> >
>> > Small supporting files, short manuals (under 300 lines long) and rough
>> documentation (‘README’ files, ‘INSTALL’ files, etc.) can use a simple
>> all-permissive license like this one:
>> >
>> > Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification,
>> > are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright
>> > notice and this notice are preserved.  This file is offered as-is,
>> > without any warranty.
>> >
>> > Can we use this license in the same way?
>> Is there an actual problem that you're trying to address? What problems
>> does AL v2 present for these files?
>> --kevan
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