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Re: sparse stuff found

From: Timothy H. Keitt
Subject: Re: sparse stuff found
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:41:43 -0700

There is also a very nice matrix library at  Unfortunately, its license is also
incompatible with GPL.  I would adopt it for my work in a minute if they
would switch the license to GPL.  Perhaps the authors would change the
license if the octave community approached them with a proposal to base
octave on their library?  It would truly accelerate the development of both
tools.  (I realize of course that it would require one or more people who
actually have time to take on such a project!)


P.S.  I would also like to see octave (and R) adopt the GNU scientific
library for low-level C routines (random number generation, etc.)  It IS GPL
and can be found at .


John W. Eaton wrote:

> On 28-Apr-1999, Daniel Heiserer <address@hidden> wrote:
> | we had some discussions in this group concerning implementation
> | of sparse matrices.
> |
> | I found a really good looking (free source) package for sparse matrices.
> | It looks really efficient for all the important things like
> | extracting sub-matrices, converting from one sparse representation
> | into another and so on. Maybe we could do real big physical applications
> | with it inside octave (fem, ..... ).
> |
> |
> |
> |
> | Copyright see:
> |
> It says:
>   Permission to copy all or  part of any  material contained in SPARSKIT
>   is only  granted upon approval from Yousef  Saad.  Not  any portion of
>   SPARSKIT can   be used  for  commercial  purposes  or  as  part of   a
>   commercial package.  This notice should accompany   the package in any
>   approved copy.
>   Note to contributors: Before  contributing any software be aware  that
>   above  note     is   the only    global  limitation    against copying
>   software. Eventually this copyright note may be replaced.
> which as I see it is incompatible with the GPL.  The GPL doesn't place
> any restriction on commercial use.
> jwe

Timothy H. Keitt
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