[Numpy-discussion] binary wheels for numpy?

Matthew Brett matthew.brett at gmail.com
Mon May 18 00:32:05 EDT 2015

On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 9:27 PM, Nathaniel Smith <njs at pobox.com> wrote:
> On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 9:09 PM, Chris Barker <chris.barker at noaa.gov> wrote:
>> On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 12:11 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I don't think permission from Intel is the blocking issue for putting
>>> these binaries up on PyPI. Even with Intel's permission, we would be putting
>>> up proprietary binaries on a page that is explicitly claiming that the files
>>> linked therein are BSD-licensed. The binaries could not be redistributed
>>> with any GPLed module, say, pygsl.
>>> We could host them on numpy.org on their own page that clearly explained
>>> the license of those files, but I think PyPI is out.
>> Can't PyPi re-direct -- so they can actualy be hosted somewhere else, but
>> "pip install numpy" would still work?
> There's two issues here: (1) we can't actually use the intel stuff
> (MKL, icc) under its regular license without having our release
> managers accepting personal liability. Which isn't going to happen.
> (2) The problem isn't whether they're hosted on PyPI, it's whether the
> people downloading them get warned about what they're downloading. The
> whole point is that we *don't* want 'pip install numpy' to work in
> this case, because it's too seamless.

I'd add Robert's point - we will have made the default install
something that is not compatible with GPL libraries,


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