[maemo-developers] Extras QA checklist

From: Jeremiah Foster jeremiah at jeremiahfoster.com
Date: Wed Oct 28 21:00:49 EET 2009
On Oct 28, 2009, at 16:45, Attila Csipa wrote:

> On Wednesday 28 October 2009 15:23:14 Jeremiah Foster wrote:
>> Actually, this is not that hard. The license information has to be in
>> the debian/copyright file. If the package comes from debian, you can
>> be pretty sure that the license (i.e. the copyright file) is correct.
> I was mostly referring to packages that are not straight Debian  
> ports but
> rather 'native' (or significantly altered) Maemo applications. But  
> we do not
> need to go that far.

No - I think you are right, packages that are not straight ports need  
to be scrutinized. :)

> Often even really basic building blocks lack proper
> license/attribution information (for example Qt itself has no
> debian/copyright or license files included. Probably not commercial  
> edition,
> but is it GPL or LGPL ? Maybe both ?).
> Anyway, I'm among the first ones to check for licensing info, and  
> the current
> approach (leaving it out from the binary packages because of space
> considerations and not displaying it anywhere on the maemo.org web  
> interface)
> does not make it any easier. Surely burling through the debian dir  
> of source
> packages is not the best/easiest long-term way of doing this,  
> especially if
> it's something *QA testers* are supposed to do ?

Yeah, this is kind of detailed work and hard to automate, but I think  
we ought to try and do some type of automated check and raise a flag  
if we see copyright issues.

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