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Re: Who uses Octave?

From: Julien Salort
Subject: Re: Who uses Octave?
Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:29:43 +0100
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"John W. Eaton" <address@hidden> writes:

> I think we all understand that the GPL clearly forbids distributing the
> resulting binaries.

I think  I understood this. I  still wondered if I  could distribute the
source code and Makefile.

> If your intent is to attempt to avoid the terms of the GPL simply by
> releasing a thin wrapper between Octave and a proprietary library,

I  personnaly   don't  attempt  anything.   I  don't   plan  on  selling
anything. If  distributing my  source code poses  a legal issue,  then I
just won't distribute it or try to switch to Matlab but this may require
some work and I'm not sure to have the time.

> You may think you are helping people by releasing this code, but I
> would urge to you not do it and instead work to provide free software
> drivers for the hardware.

I do scientific research. To do this, I choose the acquisition card with
the required datasheet. It  happens that National Instruments provides a
free closed-source cross-platform library  to interface this card with a

I don't have  the knowledge nor the time  to reverse-engineer their card
and write my own driver. End of story.

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