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Re: Adaptive Simulated Annealing (ASA) for octave?

From: Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso
Subject: Re: Adaptive Simulated Annealing (ASA) for octave?
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:19:41 -0500

2010/8/26 Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso <address@hidden>:
> On 26 August 2010 08:41, Giorgio Dall'Olmo <address@hidden> wrote:
>> The author of the code posts on his website the link to the asamin
>> function, so I guess that he would be ok if there was also an octave
>> version of it...
> Maybe he would be, but his licensing terms say otherwise. The
> advertising clauses in the license terms adds an additional
> restriction that the GPL doesn't have. Perhaps he would be willing to
> change or clarify his licensing terms. As you are no doubt aware,
> Octave is distributed under the GPL and this means that any code that
> gets distributed as part of Octave needs to be GPL compatible.
> Octave-forge *might* be able to distribute the
> problematically-licensed code, but I don't think we should encourage
> distribution of GPL-incompatible code along with Octave.
> If that fails, he does seem gracious enough to describe his algorithm
> in full detail in his published papers, so a full independent
> implementation could be possible for someone industrious enough.
> Kindly asking the author for a clarification or a relicensing should
> be first, though. Dropping clauses 4 and 5 should be enough. The
> disclaimer also has to be prominent for legal matters, and the usual
> way of doing this is SHOUTY CAPS, so that should probably also be
> changed. I think this isn't a concern for Octave, though.
> In the author's defense, he seems to have mimicked the original
> 4-clause BSD license that was in vogue when he first wrote the
> software, but even BSD dropped the advertising clauses in 1999. We
> could suggest to the author that his licensing terms just need an
> update.

Oh, I forgot to say a few things: I am not a lawyer, this is not legal
advice, everything I said above could be wrong, please don't sue me if
you followed my advice and something bad happened to you. :-)

- Jordi G. H.

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