Pushing AppStream upstream metadata to KDE repositories...?

Albert Astals Cid aacid at kde.org
Sun May 11 13:27:52 BST 2014

El Diumenge, 11 de maig de 2014, a les 01:58:17, Matthias Klumpp va escriure:
> 2014-05-11 1:24 GMT+02:00 Alvaro Soliverez <asoliverez at kde.org>:
> > Hi,
> > For KMyMoney, just go ahead and commit the file. We'll see the
> > notification and adjust if needed.
> > 
> > We use GPLv2+ for all our files.
> Great, I'll do that in a second.
> Just a sidenote on why using the GPL etc. is not a good idea for
> metadata here: The AppStream design leads to all descriptions from all
> packages being bundled in one single, huge XML file on the
> distribution side. 

Sounds like a bad design decision in the AppStream side to me.


> If some stuff is GPL'ed, the whole file becomes
> licensed under the GPL. If now something else is licensed under a
> GPL-incompatible license and also needs to be in that file,
> distributors can't generate it without violating a license. Using
> non-permissive licenses also limits the use of this metadata slightly,
> which is not desired.
> As much as I love the GPL and any copylefted license (I think it's
> fundamentally right to use it for any software), using it for metadata
> is a bad idea. So, please use a permissive license for the
> <metadata_license/> tag, like CC0-1.0, MIT etc. (some of these
> licenses are listed in the AppStream spec).
> Distributions will read that tag and drop metadata which they can't
> combine with other works based on the value set there.

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