[License-review] Please rename "Free Public License-1.0.0" to 0BSD.

Richard Fontana richard.fontana at opensource.org
Wed Nov 14 09:45:54 UTC 2018


The OSI board has decided to rename the Free Public License 1.0.0 to
"Zero-Clause BSD". The opensource.org website will be updated in due

We did this to address concerns about potential confusion over and
inconsistency surrounding the use of multiple names for the same
license text.

The original submitter of the FPL, Christian Bundy, indicated in
private communication that he did not object to the renaming.


On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 06:37:53AM -0500, Rob Landley wrote:
> Last year there was a discussion of Github adopting 0BSD, which was derailed by
> the name confusion.
>   https://github.com/github/choosealicense.com/issues/464
> That thread contains a discussion between myself (who uses 0BSD in toybox and
> got SPDX approval under the original name) and the person who sent the license
> to OSI under a different name after SPDX had already approved 0BSD.
> Unfortunately, due to the name confusion, Github took no action on the request.
> Similarly wikipedia reproduces this confusion in its
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain_equivalent_license page. There are
> multiple other examples of this negatively impacting the adoption of the license.
> I copied my two contributions to the above github thread to my blog, with
> slightly cleaned up formatting. They explain the issue at length:
>   http://landley.net/notes-2017.html#26-03-2017
>   http://landley.net/notes-2017.html#27-03-2017
> I also spoke to one of OSI's board members (I forget who, he had black hair?) at
> linuxconf.au a year ago, who suggested I take it up with the board. How do I do
> that?
> Rob
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