[SciPy-dev] arpack wrapper status

David Cournapeau cournape@gmail....
Wed Nov 12 20:01:30 CST 2008


On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 10:44 AM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 19:42, David Cournapeau <cournape@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 9:54 AM, Aric Hagberg <hagberg@lanl.gov> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> I read through the threads related to including ARPACK in Debian
>>> and Fedora. The issue appears to be with the clause
>>>
>>> " . Written notification is provided to the developers of  intent to
>>>    use this software.  Also, we ask that use of ARPACK is properly
>>>    cited in any resulting publications or software documentation."
>>>
>>> which violates the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
>>
>> I am surprised this is the only problematic part. I think the third
>> clause of their license as much of a problem:
>>
>> "If you modify the source for these routines we ask that you change
>> the name of the routine and comment the changes made to the original."
>>
>> It means that as it is, we are even breaking the license terms. I feel
>> a bit guilty, I wrongly assumed ARPACK was similar to LAPACK/BLAS, I
>> should have checked before doing changes to our internal copy of it.
>
> "ask" is the operative word.

Ok, I did not know ask was not mandatory in that context.

Anyway, would removing arpack from scipy tarball/builds be enough for
the time being, or would it be better to remove it from svn as well ?

David


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