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

Richard Fontana richard.fontana at opensource.org
Tue Oct 9 23:39:14 UTC 2018

On Tue, Oct 09, 2018 at 06:00:07PM -0500, Rob Landley wrote:
> Discussion on this seems to have petered out.
> I checked and https://opensource.org/licenses/FPL-1.0.0 is unchanged, (I.E.
> starting with "Note: There is a license that is identical to the Free Public
> License 1.0.0 called the Zero Clause BSD License." but otherwise using the Free
> Public License name.)
> What's the next step in the process?

I think I was the OSI board member you spoke to at LCA (though it was
two years ago, in Hobart). (Leaving aside the issue of graying hair, I
don't think of my hair being "black", possibly because I grew up
around a lot of people whose hair was darker, or closer to black, than

Anyway: here are some of my thoughts on the matter.

My understanding is that what you'd like to see is: (a) the OSI
license page for this license to give the 'official' name as Zero
Clause BSD rather than Free Public License 1.0.0; (b) the URL for this
page be presented as something like
https://opensource.org/licenses/0BSD. I assume you don't object to a
cross-referencing approach that would be the reverse of the current
situation, though I don't think we do anything like that for any other

I think at this point we should primarily be looking at actual usage
of each license name in the real world. Which license name, FPL or
0BSD, is in wider use? If 0BSD (or Zero Clause BSD) is a more widely
used name for more actual code, I believe OSI should recognize that as
the preferred name.


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