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Suggestion: recommend ISC license instead of 0BSD #1

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waldyrious opened this Issue Aug 15, 2016 · 5 comments

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waldyrious commented Aug 15, 2016

0BSD was created by Rob Landley for use in toybox project, as a modification to the ISC license. Landley also submitted it for inclusion in SPDX.

It is not recognized as a stand-alone FOSS license by OSI, which links it to the Free Public License, and does not appear in FSF's license list. In fact, it is not a permissive FOSS license like the others in the BSD family, but a public domain dedication instead, as the author himself clarifies.

Therefore I feel recommending the ISC license (especially in the context of "short permissive software licenses") would be more useful than the more obscure, and potentially misleadingly-named 0BSD.

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GitHub also used to recommend ISC instead of BSD: https://web.archive.org/web/20150814011343/http://choosealicense.com/licenses/. Nowadays, they do not show BSD anymore: https://choosealicense.com/licenses/

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koppor commented May 10, 2017

GitHub also used to recommend ISC instead of BSD: https://web.archive.org/web/20150814011343/http://choosealicense.com/licenses/. Nowadays, they do not show BSD anymore: https://choosealicense.com/licenses/

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For reference, there's been extensive discussion about 0BSD vs. ISC vs. FPL in github/choosealicense.com#464.

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waldyrious commented May 10, 2017

For reference, there's been extensive discussion about 0BSD vs. ISC vs. FPL in github/choosealicense.com#464.

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Thanks for the link, that provides a lot more info. I'll take a look!

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david-a-wheeler commented May 11, 2017

Thanks for the link, that provides a lot more info. I'll take a look!

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mlinksva May 12, 2017

ISC is appropriate for the permissive list, but not exactly instead of 0BSD. 0BSD and Unlicense ought get the same treatment as CC0-1.0, which in turn does not seem correct. They aren't the WTFPL, which is the only semi-popular license I know of with no disclaimer of warranties.

ISC is appropriate for the permissive list, but not exactly instead of 0BSD. 0BSD and Unlicense ought get the same treatment as CC0-1.0, which in turn does not seem correct. They aren't the WTFPL, which is the only semi-popular license I know of with no disclaimer of warranties.

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Yes, good point. ISC is more of a BSD-1 than a BSD-0.

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waldyrious commented May 12, 2017

Yes, good point. ISC is more of a BSD-1 than a BSD-0.

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