[OSGeo-Discuss] Incubation Committee / Contributor Agreements
cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sat Mar 4 04:42:57 EST 2006
Rich Steele wrote:
> I have posted an FAQ to cover these and some of the other questions I'm
> anticipating about the contributor agreement. See:
Thankyou, that is great.
> Where libraries are imported from other open source projects, it should
> not be necessary for the library developers to sign the contributor
> agreement. However, these third party code dependencies will need to be
> identified and the relevant project PSC will need to evaluate whether
> non-OSGeo code can and should be added to the project. This evaluation
> would need to consider not only whether creating such dependencies is
> warranted, but also whether the license terms are compatible. This
> inquiry is relevant not only to projects in incubation, but also ongoing
> project management once a project is admitted to the foundation.
Rich, this is a good start. It would be nice to have a prescriptive
checklist with regards to incorporating libraries.
* I'd like to see a OS Licence compatability matrix. Last time I
looked, I could find compatability info on the common licences, but for
less common licences (and versions of the licences) the information was
not available or there were conflicting reports.
* I think incorporating libraries is generally a good thing. It means
that you can tap into the expertise from the people developers of the
library and saves re-inventing the wheel. So assuming the libraries are
technically suitable, and the licence is ok, is there anything else we
need to audit for? We should have an audit checklist.
* If we need ongoing auditing of our code or libraries, when do we need
to apply these audits? Whenever we import another version of a library?
If so, what output is required from the audit to confirm that the
audit was conducted? I'd expect to see a report of some kind.
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