Scientific Libraries in Python

Brian Gough bjgough at
Wed Nov 21 18:38:42 CET 2001

On Thu, 15 Nov 2001 16:24:15 -0800, Chris Barker <chrishbarker at> wrote:
> Fernando Pérez wrote:
>> GSL -- The GNU Scientific Library at
>> There may be licensing issues that need to be addressed.
> It is GPL'd, which is a pity, it seems a prime candidate for the LGPL.
> Anyway, it would seem to me that linking it with Python would be license
> issue, although Python's current license is supposed to be "GPL
> Compatible". Does anyone know what that means? Can this be clarified by
> someone who knows what they are talking about? I'd love to know whether
> this is a project I should delve into.

The Python License is GPL-compatible, and the Python-GSL wrappers are
under the GPL so there's no problem in using GSL with Python.  

For example gdbm is under the GPL and the gdbm module is a standard
part of python.

Brian Gough

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