License option

Jeremy Lavergne jeremy at
Thu Jan 14 15:07:03 PST 2010

> Except "the list" is in every port, so we currently have 183 ports that indicate they use some kind of GPL or LGPL, and we only just started indicating ports' licenses so there are probably a thousand or more additional ports that are GPL-licensed that just don't say so. So this would impose a burden to need to keep on top of updating license information in ports, and to keep aware of when new license versions come about. Many maintainers aren't that active or dedicated, and 40% of our ports don't have a maintainer at all. Only 5% of our ports indicate their license. Granted new license versions don't come out that frequently so the burden perhaps isn't so big.
> But consider also the case of software licensed under "GPL 3 or any later version". There isn't a later version today. If we go by your plan, we'd have to write GPL-3.0 in the license field. If tomorrow a GPL-3.1 or GPL-4.0 comes out, we'd have to review all ports that claim to use GPL-3.0 to see if that meant GPL 3.0 only or GPL 3.0 and any later version.

That's pretty straightforward for SourceForge projects: we can write a licensecheck just like livecheck.

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