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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] any need for a perl monger?

From: Sylvain Beucler
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] any need for a perl monger?
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 08:44:10 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)


>> Did you start something yet? :)
>> This is becoming more urgent and we'll need to work collaboratively no
>> this, so we need to share the code somehow (in the 'administration'
>> project maybe).
> It sounds like fossology has got alot of what you are looking for  
> already covered:
> I was able to briefly speak with one of their representatives at OLF  
> this past weekend and they said they were trying to get everyone on  
> board with their effort so there would basically be one tool for this.
> Do you think we still need to pursue writing our own?

Thanks for the fossology links. I better understand what it looks like
now (I also watched the videos).

And I still think we need our own tool.

Fossology is doing 20% of the job extremely well (license data
mining), while I'd rather get a tool that does 90% of the job in the
common case (check missing licenses, check missing copyright notices,
report common cases of incompatibility, report missing README file
describing binary files licenses, report wrong FSF adress, report
"GNU" in the name of a non-GNU project, etc.).

The UI is also pretty different. Fossology is a web interface to make
queries about a project. Savannah needs a lintian-like tool to
automatically produce a report about a submitted project.

Maybe there's things about fossology that I missed, so I suggest you
review a few Savannah projects and see for yourself in which way this
tool helps and in which way it doesn't.


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