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License of Support Vector Machine

Hello Thorsten,

I'm writing you on behalf of the Debian Med team that has the objective
to package all free software that is relevant in biology and medicine
for main Debian..  We would like to start a cooperation with OSDD linux
for drug discovery[1].  The programm GPSR is part of their basic
infrastructure and depends from your Support Vector Machine[2].
Unfortunately SVMlight has a "for academic use only" license which is
non-free according to Debian Free Software Guidelines since it is
putting a restriction on the usage.

We are wondering whether you would consider a free license (like GPL,
MPL, BSD or similar) to enable us distributing SVMlight for Debian.

Kind regards


[1] http://www.osdd.net/home
[2] http://svmlight.joachims.org/

On Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 09:47:34AM +0530, G.P.S. Raghava wrote:
> Dear Andreas
> Thanks for your email and offer to help us. I have a strong desire to distrubute our software via debian repository. Unfortunately, we never plan to distribute our software (mainly PERL scripts), we developed PERL scripts to provide web-based services. Later we realised user also need standalone in order to perform computer intensive jobs. In order to facilitate users we developed a standalone package GPSR http://crdd.osdd.net/raghava/gpsr/ . This package is used heavily by public but is has its own limitations. We further developed OSDDlinux to replicate our server which we used to provide service to community.
> I highly appreciate your effort towards freeware and offer to help us. In all our software base is GPSR package, if we can create debian package for GPSR then creating debian package for other 100 programs is easy. I will highly appreciate if you help us in creating debian package for GPSR which is available at http://crdd.osdd.net/raghava/gpsr/ .     
> With best wishes and regards
> Raghava
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