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Re: Bug#647995: ITP: cellprofiler -- quantitatively measure phenotypes from images automatically

On Tue, Nov 08, 2011 at 09:37:24AM +0100, Mathieu Malaterre wrote:
> * Package name    : cellprofiler
>   Upstream Author : Broad Institute

Last time I used it, Cell Profiler required a Matlab runtime which
included not only the proprietary Matlab libraries, but also an
entire Linux distribution including the C library and runtime
linker, as well as a complete copy of Java and several fonts!

Is this version of Cell Profiler dependent in any way upon Matlab,
even to generate the code indirectly?  The reason I ask is that
the preferred form for modification may require proprietary tools
to generate a functional program, even if the final program runs
using only free software.

If it's 100% python, that's great, but due to its past, and the
fact that its heavy image processing most likely requires the
use of non-python code for speed, I just wanted to check exactly
how free it is nowadays.


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