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Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?
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Jay Belanger |
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Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor? |
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Fri, 13 Jan 2006 20:51:56 -0600 |
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"Bill Page" <address@hidden> writes:
> On January 13, 2006 12:06 PM Jay Belanger wrote:
>> ...
>> So that any potential signers could get a quick grasp of the
>> situation, a little history might be useful. What about
>> something like:
>
> Thanks for the draft. I think it is very good. I have inserted
> a few explanations below. I will leave it up to you exactly
> how to modify the text.
Thanks for the additional information. I've fixed the inaccuracies,
and below is another draft. (Feel free to change it yourself if you
want, of course.)
Jay
Axiom is a sophisticated computer algebra system originally
developed as an IBM research project. IBM sold Axiom to the
Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) who marketed it and continued its
development. After NAG discontinued Axiom as a commercial product
they generously released part of the Axiom source code under a free
license. Axiom is now very usable and is currently being actively
developed by an enthusiastic community. It is expected to be useful
in research and education for quite some time.
The language used for writing Axiom libraries is called SPAD (short
for Scratchpad, the original name of Axiom). While Axiom was still
being developed by IBM, an improved language, Aldor, was created
for writing Axiom libraries. While the Aldor compiler was
originally part of the Axiom system, it was became a separate
project when NAG discontinued the sale of Axiom as a commercial
product. The Aldor compiler was not part of Axiom when the Axiom
sources were relicensed, and so is not currently included with Axiom.
Binaries for Aldor have been made freely available and the sources
are available under a generous license. However, the license does
not qualify as a free or open source license. While Axiom can
still be built using Aldor, the lack of a free license for Aldor
prohibits it from being a standard part of Axiom, and so nothing in
the base Axiom system can assume that Aldor is included.
A free license for Aldor would allow it to become a standard part
of Axiom, which would improve Axiom and make Aldor a more
widespread language. A free license available as soon as possible
would allow current development on Axiom to use Aldor.
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Aldor compiler
be released under a free license at the earliest opportunity.
Sincerely,
- [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, C Y, 2006/01/11
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Bill Page, 2006/01/11
- Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Jay Belanger, 2006/01/12
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Bill Page, 2006/01/12
- Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Jay Belanger, 2006/01/12
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Bill Page, 2006/01/12
- Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Jay Belanger, 2006/01/13
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Bill Page, 2006/01/13
- Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?,
Jay Belanger <=
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, C Y, 2006/01/12
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Karl Hegbloom, 2006/01/12
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Bill Page, 2006/01/12
- Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Doug Stewart, 2006/01/12
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Bill Page, 2006/01/12
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Karl Hegbloom, 2006/01/14
- Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Frederic Lehobey, 2006/01/12
- Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, C Y, 2006/01/12
- RE: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Bill Page, 2006/01/12
- Re: [Axiom-developer] Aldor?, Jay Belanger, 2006/01/13