[SciPy-User] Central File Exchange for SciPy

David Cournapeau cournape@gmail....
Sat Oct 30 18:37:01 CDT 2010


2010/10/31 Jochen Schröder <cycomanic@gmail.com>:
> On 31/10/10 06:00, Almar Klein wrote:
>>
>>     I would strongly recommend (to users) that all shorter code, snippets
>>     and recipes, are BSD by default or made explicit by the user, and that
>>     the license is very easy to see on the web page.
>>     Given that we are writing BSD code and to avoid any conflicts, I
>>     essentially ignore all non-BSD code, for example on the matlab file
>>     exchange.
>>
>>
>> Hear hear! Since most Python code is BSD licensed, a module/package
>> using non-BSD compatible license (for example GLP) would be incompatible
>> with, well almost all Python code. This may sound trivial, but I, for
>> one, did not fully understand this until someone explained it.
>>
>> I would even go so far as to force a BSD license for all code hosted on
>> the site itself. Referenced code can then still choose a license. At the
>> very least there should be a proper explanation that people should chose
>> the BSD license in most cases, and *why*.
>>
>>    Almar
>
> Let me first say that I love your idea and the enthusiasm you've already
> created.
>
> However I really take issue with the above statement and the notion of
> forcing a specific OSS licence choice onto users. First your statement
> above is factually not correct: GPL is a BSD compatible licence (in the
> usual meaning of this phrase), i.e. you can include BSD code in a GPL
> project. You can also do otherwise, however then your project
> effectively becomes GPL.
> Secondly, the argument that most Python code is already BSD, one could
> just as well make the argument that most OSS code is GPL so use GPL.
> Furthermore your argument also ignores the fact that if you're using
> (ctypes, cython) wrappers around C-code you will probably be bound by
> the licence of the C-library so some code might not have a choice.
>
> Finally the biggest problem I have is with the notion that forcing a
> specific OSS choice onto developers is ok

This is for code snippets - if you want to choose a specific license,
then nobody forces you not to use it. We just don't support it through
code snippets.

David


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