[AstroPy] astropy in Debian, Scientific Linux?

Sergio Pascual sergio.pasra@gmail....
Mon Apr 15 17:11:04 CDT 2013


Incidentally, somewhere in my hard drive I have a version of SOFA with
autotools + libtool + pkgconfig support that I would really like to
contribute if SOFA changes its license. Currently the build system is just
a Makefile, without shared library support.

I was Ole who mentioned the anomaly "that anyone can write software that
appears to be the original
SOFA as long as it *isn't* "

Regards

2013/4/15 James Turner <jturner@gemini.edu>

> > In my opinion the best idea is to create a petition. It seems my mail
> wasn't
> > very effective
>
> +1. Individuals whining obviously aren't going to get anywhere.
> It needs to be made clear to the IAU that it isn't serving the
> best interests of its community and that the future of progress
> in data processing is in open source.
>
> The other thing would be to persuade a different part of IAU to
> take up the cause, eg. SOFA comes under division A (fundamental
> astronomy) whereas data science is division B. This discussion
> should be driven by top-level considerations as to what
> astronomers need, not theoretical logistical concerns. It won't
> matter what people think of SOFA if no-one uses it -- and as
> someone (Sergio?) mentioned, it's worth pointing out the anomaly
> that anyone can write software that appears to be the original
> SOFA as long as it *isn't* (and therefore bound by their
> licence), rendering the naming restrictions fairly pointless.
>
> Anyone here a member? I spot only a handful of people I know
> under their division listings.
>
> Cheers,
>
> James.
>
>
> > 2013/4/8 Tom Aldcroft <aldcroft@head.cfa.harvard.edu
> > <mailto:aldcroft@head.cfa.harvard.edu>>
> >
> >     Sergio,
> >
> >     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?
> >
> >     Thanks,
> >     Tom
> >
> >
> >
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