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Re: Please, no GitHub


From: Tim Sheridan
Subject: Re: Please, no GitHub
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:48:00 +0000

> On 13 Dec 2015, at 06:51, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> It fails to mention GPL v3-or-later at all.  It tends to leads people
>>> to use GPLv3-only or GPLv2-only, both of which we deprecate.
> 
>> Odd,  in my reading the site,  it mentions GPLv2 and GPLv3 (without 
>> referring to 'only' or 'or-later'),
> 
> You've put your finger on the problem.  The site leads people not to specify
> explicitly whether it is "only" or "or-later".

I think you're expecting a bit too much from GitHub's licence picker. AFAIK 
(I've only used it once, a quite a while ago), it's just picking a COPYING file 
and dumping it into the repo. "only" or "or-later" projects don't have 
different COPYING files, just different copyright statements. IIRC, GitHub 
doesn't generate copyright statements or offer any advice on them as part of 
the license picker at all, so it's completely understandable for them not to 
draw a distinction between them for the purpose of this feature.

Cheers,
Tim





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