[AstroPy] astropy in Debian, Scientific Linux?
Sun Apr 7 22:55:28 CDT 2013
On 04/07/2013 11:35 PM, Tim Jenness wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 5:22 PM, Tom Aldcroft
> <email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>
> I wonder if it might be worth trying again with SOFA. Things are a
> little different now since at this point there are real users that are
> unable to use our (and their) software because of their license. This
> is very frustrating.
> I wonder if we could organize a petition in support of modifying the
> SOFA license to something more consistent with typical community
> standards. I mean the IAU is supposed to be representing and
> benefiting astronomers, no?
> The irony is that the SOFA library was written precisely because the IAU
> felt that there should be a solid astrometry library available to the
> community. I can't speak for them but I get the impression that they
> feel they are trying hard for this to be usable by everyone and don't
> understand why everyone who wants to use it is upset about the license.
> From what I recall the sticking points are entirely around forking and
> damaging the IAU reputation by local patching although I think that much
> of what they want can be done by copyright enforcement rather than
> Concrete examples of how people are actively deciding not to use the
> code because of the license might help.
I agree with this. I know one or two member of the SOFA board fairly
well and have mentioned this to them. I think we (along with other
pressure) can help bring them around -- which is a worthwhile thing to do.
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