[SciPy-dev] PRIMME: PReconditioned Iterative MultiMethod Eigensolver

Nils Wagner nwagner at iam.uni-stuttgart.de
Fri Oct 27 13:45:22 CDT 2006

On Fri, 27 Oct 2006 12:40:43 -0600
  Travis Oliphant <oliphant.travis at ieee.org> wrote:
> Robert Kern wrote:
>> Matthew Brett wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>> It is the same situation as with the umfpack solver 
>>>>(GPL) - I have
>>>> written the wrappers which are included in scipy (they 
>>>>do not use any
>>>> umfpack code, they just use information about its API) 
>>>>and added a check
>>>> into distutils and a section into site.cfg file to see 
>>>>if umfpack is
>>>> installed in the system.
>>> Well - the question was about the LGPL.  My reading of 
>>>the license:
>>> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html
>>> is that (under section 6) you are allowed to distribute 
>>>an LGPL
>>> library with non-derived code that links to it, as long 
>>>as your own
>>> license terms 'permit modification of [your] work for 
>>>the customer's
>>> own use and reverse engineering for debugging such 
>>>modifications', and
>>> that you provide (section 6a) the source code to the 
>>>code linking to
>>> the library and the library itself.
>>> If I read that correctly, it seems to me that an LGPL 
>>>library can be
>>> included with SciPy without SciPy needing to change its 
>>>own license.
>> The only reason that wrappers for FFTW and UMFPACK are 
>>allowed are because they 
>> are optional. We need people to be able to "install 
>>scipy" without needing to 
>> install *any* GPL or LGPL code even if the only code in 
>>our SVN repository is 
>> just the BSD-licensed wrappers.
>> If you want more wrappers for GPL or LGPL software, it's 
>>time to start the 
>> scikits package. I'd really like to avoid more optional 
>>wrappers. It makes 
> It looks like David's PyAudio is a perfect thing to get 
>this started 
> since it is a "wrapper" to libsndfile which is LGPL.  
> How should we proceed?  Can Robert set up a new SVN tree 
>for scikits?  
> Can I?  What kind of things should go into scikits.  How 
>should they be 
> installed -- under the scikits name-space (do we really 
>like that name 
> --- it sounds quirky to me)?
> We have something to get started, let's do it.
> -Travis
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scitools How about that ?


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