[Pkg-octave-devel] Bug#435214: Bug#435214: Bug#435214: Clarification of licensing terms of semidef-oct
rafael at debian.org
Wed Aug 1 07:52:06 UTC 2007
* Stephen Boyd <boyd at stanford.edu> [2007-07-31 16:41]:
> i (and many others too) do most of my day to day convex optimization
> work using cvx, which has a GNU license, but unfortunately, runs on top
> of matlab. our plan (hope? goal?) however is to develop a full GNU
> system for modeling and solving convex optimization problems. lieven's
> CVXOPT is a good start along these lines, but i am not sure how easy or
> hard it is to tie python/C into octave. if you are interested in
> optimization software for octave, i'd be happy to chat; maybe we can
> help (beyond changing the license on ancient, but working, software to GNU).
Thanks for your prompt reply. I appreciate your efforts for clarifying the
license terms of semidef_prog, together with .
I suspected that semidef_prog was already an old albeit working software. I
do not use optimization software very frequently and my interest is to
insure that the octave-sp package (derived from semidef_prog) will not
disappear from Debian. Note that the number of users who already installed
the package is non-negligible .
As regards your proposal to get your more recent software ported to Octave,
I think it is a great idea. The 2.9.* series of Octave has a improved
Matlab compatibility level, so the chances your packages will run on Octave
are increased. Moreover there is already a group of developers of the
Octave-Forge project  working on optimization. They might be interested
in including your new software in their package .
At any rate, the more urgent thing to do is to clarify the semidef_prog
license terms, such that the package can be kept in Debian.
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