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RE: [Axiom-developer] Re: tm_axiom

From: Page, Bill
Subject: RE: [Axiom-developer] Re: tm_axiom
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 10:21:05 -0400


I expect that no one really intended to imply that NAG
was "not co-operating". As you say, this is very far from
the truth. I think it was a wonderful and bold decision
to make Axiom open source. And I am sure it will be to
everyone's advantage that you, personally, and NAG also
continues to work together with everyone in the open
source Axiom project. Thank you again.

About tm_axiom. What we need to do is just standardize
the *name* of the Axiom interpret sans sman etc. I
propose that starting with the next update to the alpha
version of open source Axiom, we use AXIOMsys as you
suggested, in order to be compatible with the NAG version
of Axiom. (Case insensitive platforms like Windows will
treat this as AXIOMSYS. That should be ok).

Then we will change the new version of tm_axiom so that
it start AXIOMsys. And it should work for both.

Bill Page.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Dewar [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2003 9:15 AM
> To: Joris van der Hoeven
> Cc: root; address@hidden; address@hidden; 
> address@hidden;
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> Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: tm_axiom
> On Thu, Oct 16, 2003 at 02:51:36PM +0200, Joris van der Hoeven
> wrote:
> <snip>
> > OK, so without any cooperation from NAG, we should probably
> > drop the old tm_axiom, except if Andrey Grozin finds a way to
> > keep it working.
> As I've said several time already the NAG version of Axiom
> behaves exactly the same way as the new version as far as I can
> see.  The only difference is if you invoke it via the `sman'
> program rather than directly, in which case you see two prompts,
> one for each frame started. This would apply equally to both
> versions, unless sman is changed.
> So I don't think its a question of supporting the NAG and 
> Open versions, its a case of whether you want to be able to use
> the TeXmacs interface and sman at the same time.  I believe
> that our "AXIOMsys" script provides the same functionality
 as your "axiom" program.
> I find it frustrating to be accused of not cooperating - we have
> made every scrap of source code available that we could.  Some
> of the remainder we can still use ourselves but not distribute
> in source form. However there is other material that we can no
> longer use ourselves either, so while the idea of carrying on
> some kind of voluntary support network for existing sites is
> nice it is completely impractical.
> Mike.

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