[AstroPy] message from SOFA chair

Sergio Pascual sergio.pasra at gmail.com
Mon Jul 15 19:28:34 EDT 2013


Hello, any progress with the SOFA library issue?


2013/6/14 Perry Greenfield <stsci.perry at gmail.com>

> Yes, as a matter of fact, today we got explicit permission from the Board
> to relicense SOFA. That will require us to release it under a different
> name, and using a different prefix for the routine names. You should be
> hearing about it soon. But they will not be changing their license.
>
> Perry
>
> On Jun 14, 2013, at 12:06 PM, Sergio Pascual wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > is there any progress in this topic? I have checked today and the
> license text in the SOFA webpage remains the same.
> >
> > Sergio
> >
> >
> > 2013/5/7 Thomas Robitaille <thomas.robitaille at gmail.com>
> > Just for information, we are currently working towards a solution
> > off-list with the SOFA board, and will inform the list once things
> > have been settled. So no need to propose a license text at this stage.
> >
> > Tom
> >
> > On 7 May 2013 17:15, Wolfgang Kerzendorf <wkerzendorf at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > I think what Mario and Tim are proposing is very good as it would
> alleviate
> > > the problems mentioned by Catherine. To speed up the process, we should
> > > propose a license text and they could then see if that meets their
> criteria
> > > (make it as hard as possible for them to delay or refuse).
> > >
> > > Cheers
> > >     Wolfgang
> > > On 2013-05-07, at 10:45 AM, Tim Jenness <tim.jenness at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Thanks.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 3:34 AM, Scott Ransom <sransom at nrao.edu> wrote:
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> On the subject of the SOFA license conditions, our Board member
> Patrick
> > >> Wallace is continuing discussions he had on this topic last year,
> which
> > >> resulted in changes to the license that enabled the Debian release to
> > >> proceed.  Recent emails, which unfortunately were delayed by the spam
> > >> filter problems, show that further discussion is needed, and Patrick
> is
> > >> now in touch with Perry Greenfield, STScI Science Software Branch
> lead.
> > >> The nub of the problem is that SOFA software has to address two
> > >> conflicting requirements: (i) the insistence by free software groups
> > >> that users should not be constrained in any way and (ii) the need to
> > >> prevent "counterfeit" versions coming into circulation.  The second
> > >> point is vital because SOFA software represents IAU standards and
> indeed
> > >> is cited in other standards such as IERS Conventions.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
> > > Regarding the counterfeit argument, isn't this very similar to
> encryption
> > > libraries where you want to make sure that you are using the official
> > > library and not one you found on the internet that happens to have a
> back
> > > door? OpenSSL and other libraries deal with this. People are far more
> > > concerned about using the proper OpenSSL than using SOFA but the
> underlying
> > > principal is the same. OpenSSL has a very straightforward licence
> > > (http://www.openssl.org/source/license.html) which has clearly been
> approved
> > > for distribution.
> > >
> > > --
> > > Tim Jenness
> > > CCAT Software Manager
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