[IPython-User] SAGE notebook vs iPython notebook

Aaron Meurer asmeurer@gmail....
Fri Jan 6 06:31:50 CST 2012

Another reason: Sage is GPL and IPython is BSD.  It doesn't matter for
most users, but for those for whom it does, it's a real plus.

Aaron Meurer

On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 4:44 AM, Thomas Kluyver <takowl@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Oleg,
> On 6 January 2012 04:06, Oleg Mikulchenklo <olmikul@gmail.com> wrote:
>> What is relation and comparison between iPython notebook  and SAGE
>> notebook? Can someone provide motivation and roadmap for iPython notebook as
>> alternative to SAGE notebook? Will sometime iPython notebook support Cython
>> in same easy way as SAGE notebook?
> They're distinct things, although I think SAGE is looking into building the
> next version of their notebook to use the same protocol.
> Why are we recreating a notebook, when SAGE's already works? I expect other
> people will weigh in with different motivations, but first off, it works
> without a 400MB download ;-). SAGE is kind of an ecosystem of its own,
> bundling a lot of libraries into its package system. That has various
> consequences:
> - Linux distributions won't package SAGE, whereas soon you'll be able to do
> "apt-get install ipython notebook"
> - To run SAGE on Windows, you set up a virtual machine to run Linux. IPython
> can run natively.
> - SAGE ships its own copy of Python (by the looks of it, that's currently
> version 2.6.4). IPython can be installed on other versions, including Python
> 3.
> None of the above is criticising SAGE - the project has its own goals, and
> what they're doing makes sense for that. But for IPython, it's important to
> fit into the general Python landscape. Although we are in touch with SAGE,
> and hopefully there's room to collaborate and share code.
> I don't think inline Cython support is on the roadmap at present - it sounds
> like the sort of thing that would make for a good extension. If you're
> interested in writing one, have a look here:
> http://ipython.org/ipython-doc/stable/config/extensions/index.html
> Best wishes,
> Thomas
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