[Numpy-discussion] Code for compatibility with gfortran, license issues
Mon Jun 29 13:06:47 CDT 2009
On 06/29/2009 12:15 PM, Robert Kern wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 00:34, David
> Cournapeau<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> I started working on a new approach for windows 64 bits support, to
>> be able to combine gfortran and visual studio. Basically, I am
>> reimplementing the needed functions from libgfortran so that it can be
>> built with MS compiler, but I cannot hope to do that without using
>> gfortran sources (under the GPL 3), if only for the signature/API of the
> Function signatures and public APIs are not copyrightable. What else
> do you need?
>> Is it ok to include those sources in numpy/scipy, given that
>> they will only be used in those cases where libgfortran would have to be
>> used anyway ?
> Keep in mind that libgfortran is GPLv3+exception. Is the code that you
> are looking at from gfortran itself (GPLv3) or libgfortran
Since you appear to require that the user already has gfortran
installed, then you just need to avoid adding any GPL licensed code to
actual numpy/scipy code as that would make numpy/scipy GPL. See SFLC's
'Maintaining Permissive-Licensed Files in a GPL-Licensed Project:
Guidelines for Developers':
I would think that you could just provide an appropriately licensed
package that combines a separately downloaded numpy/scipy with the
separately downloaded/installed gfortran to install the new version of
numpy/scipy. Essentially the same way you get non-free software like mp3
decoders for certain Linux distros. If that works, then perhaps a clean
room implementation and rewrite of certain fortran code could be done to
remove the gfortran dependencies.
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