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Re: incomplete set of BSD license types?

Aleksej Saushev <> writes:

> Klaus Heinz <> writes:
>> Greg Troxel wrote:
>>> perhaps add "2-clause-bsd" ?
>> If there no objections, I will do that.
> I remember hearing the opinion that with respect to pkgsrc, 2-clause and
> 3-clause BSD licences are essentially the same (do we do any promotion?).
> In the light of this, do we really need separate 2-clause, 3-clause and
> 1-clause BSD-like licences?

I think that as long as the licenses are clearly different and not
vastly numerous, it makes sense to add them.  The thing not to do, IMHO,
is add 10 licenses that use slightly different words but which pretty
much everyone agrees are equivalent in all practical senses.

This isn't about being faithful to the author, althought that's a valid
concern - it's about letting people be intentional about not installing
software with licenses they find objectionable.  If we can produce an
example of someone who finds one X11-type license ok and another not ok,
then we should talk about it.  If we can't, we're beyond the point of
useful.  I can't say that obviously 2-clause and 3-clause BSD are
equivalent, and that's only one more.

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