[AstroPy] astropy in Debian, Scientific Linux?

Tim Jenness tim.jenness@gmail....
Mon Apr 15 17:16:07 CDT 2013


See also: https://github.com/Starlink/sofa


On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM, Sergio Pascual <sergio.pasra@gmail.com>wrote:

> 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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