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Re: Welcome to Debian Science!


On Fri, Aug 05, 2005 at 11:36:03AM -0400, Kevin McCarty wrote:

> Mathematica.  I would give a lot for a DFSG-free symbolic computation
> package but AFAIK nothing is close to matching Mathematica right now. 

Have you ever tried Axiom?  (In Debian main.)


There is also Ginac (in Debian main too) but I do not know if any of
these packages might fulfil your precise needs (what is missing in
free software tools?).

> Root, on the other hand, is pretty close to being DFSG-free, except
> for one obnoxious clause in their license which, being
> GPL-incompatible, also makes their linkage against Cernlib (GPL) a
> problem.  Ricardo Yanez is working on Root Debian packages, with some
> suggestions from me, in anticipation of Root fixing their license

That would be a great addition to main.

> (which they have been promising to do for literally years now).  I

Let's keep hope.   :)    Anyways, from what I have read there:
they might already have problems with the current license.

> would love to whine about similar licensing problems common to a lot
> of free physics software (that's free as in "beer plus you usually get
> to see the code"), but that's an entirely new thread.

Please do.  Might some authors of such software be interested in
reconsidering their licensing for proper inclusion in Debian main?

Best regards,
Frederic Lehobey

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