* Kernel License cleanup
@ 2019-05-06 18:55 Thomas Gleixner
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From: Thomas Gleixner @ 2019-05-06 18:55 UTC (permalink / raw)
To: LKML; +Cc: Greg KH, Kate Stewart
after the initial SPDX sweep of the kernel, people have slowly started to
fixup the licensing mess. The current approach has some issues:
1) With the current rate of changes we are going to be finished in about
10+ years from now
2) The error rate with these cleanups is frightening high. It got even
higher since the 'run a script and fix random bits' folks have decided
that this is a new playground. It's not because it really needs a lot of
We've had a discussion at the Legal and Licensing Workshop in Barcelona and
came to the conclusion that this needs to be tackled in a larger scale
effort with massive tooling support.
I've looked into automating a lot of these conversions and there is a
halfways workable way to get at least up to 90-95% coverage without
spending insane amounts of time. The remaining 5-10% of horrors are special
cases which need a lot of thoughts anyway.
As we need help from lawyers with this, we decided to set up a dedicated
mailing list to spare those people the wonderful experience of the daily
LKML mail flooding.
The list address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
It's open and archived at: https://lore.kernel.org/linux-spdx/
If you're interested to help, please subscribe. We'll start to work there
as of tomorrow.
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