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Re: Is this copyright/license agreement Octave-compatible

From: Josh Rigler
Subject: Re: Is this copyright/license agreement Octave-compatible
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 15:33:57 -0700
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Muthiah Annamalai wrote:
Josh Rigler wrote:
Long ago (c.2001), I asked a question on this list about an overly simple copyright/license statement that came with NASA's CDF libraries at the time:

In short, JWE felt that it was inadequate because it tried to restrict 'for profit' redistribution, and more importantly, it tried to restrict modifications to the software. I had little choice but to keep my CDF toolbox to myself, and sadly, it was never fully implemented, since I never needed more than the ability to read data from existing files.
If you did not know earlier octave-forge ( widely
accepts packages, and serves as a repository for octave code. You
can contribute your package there.

IMHO, a format to save / load octave objects need not be tightly
integrated with the main Octave package itself.

Thanks Muthu, but it's not just an issue of contributing my code to Octave or Octave-forge. While I am perfectly entitled to combine GPL and non-GPL software in whatever manner I see fit on my own system, the moment I try to give it to anybody else, in any manner, I am violating the agreement I made when I started using the GPL code. I'm not certain I agree 100% with this philosophy, but I have to respect the intent of those developers who have provided me with software that has made my life and job so much easier and more enjoyable over the years.


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