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task #13816: License for the libraries

Submitter:  Mohammad Akhlaghi <makhlaghi>
Submitted:  Fri 04 Dec 2015 03:26:52 AM UTC
 
Should Start On:  Thu 03 Dec 2015 03:00:00 PM UTC Should be Finished on:  Thu 03 Dec 2015 03:00:00 PM UTC
Category:  Libraries Priority:  7 - High
Item Group:  New feature Status:  In Progress
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Assigned to:  makhlaghi Open/Closed:  Open
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Wed 17 Feb 2016 07:23:41 AM UTC, comment #1: 

ESO Common Pipeline Library: GPL2+
http://www.eso.org/sci/software/cpl/

Explained in Chapter 3 ("Software Development with the CPL"), Section 3.2 ("Using the Common Pipeline Library in your project").

Mohammad Akhlaghi <makhlaghi>
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Fri 04 Dec 2015 03:26:52 AM UTC, original submission:  

Since some libraries like Astropy or STScI pipelines use the BSD license, they won't be able to use Gnuastro. One option is to change the license to LGPL. But there are some major projects that are GPL (for example LSST), also the arguments in the link below are strong and support the idea of keeping the GPL License for the libraries.

https://www.gnu.org/licenses/why-not-lgpl.html

This is an important issue, so let's discuss it here (where the discussion will be archived). As a start I propose to list all the different astronomical software that are currently used along with their license. So to start off I will list the cases that Mosè and I have gathered so far.

As we find more we will add them as comments to this task so in some near future we have a nice and comprehensive list to make the best well-informed decision. If you know of any other packages, please let us know or add a comment. In the end (once it is decided and applied) we can put a section in the introduction of the manual and show/use this list to justify our choice.

Currently the list is:

Astropy: BSD
http://docs.astropy.org/en/stable/license.html

STScI (PyRAF): BSD-like
http://www.stsci.edu/institute/software_hardware/pyraf/pyraf-license

LSST: GPL
https://dev.lsstcorp.org/trac/wiki/SWLicense

IRAF: MIT-like
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRAF#Licensing

Mohammad Akhlaghi <makhlaghi>
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