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[Axiom-developer] RE: special functions

From: Bill Page
Subject: [Axiom-developer] RE: special functions
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 20:59:39 -0500

On January 30, 2006 8:21 PM Yigal Weinstein wrote:

> ...
> The one way gpl'd programs have an advantage on proprietary
> software is that they can use existing gpl'd programs without
> worrying about licenses etc..  For instance consider all the
> work done in Fortran like quadpack etc..  Axiom if asked for
> a numerical result could if linking was considered could use
> the existing libraries to compute practically any function.   
> In fact this is just the strategy used by the proprietary Axiom.
> To link it to NAG was what was done.  There are plenty of high
> quality libraries that can be used for numerical approximations
> in Fortran that are gpl: lapack is but one of them.

I agree completely that a replacement for the NAG interface is
urgently needed for the open source version of Axiom.

I would be very pleased to help anyone who is motivated to
develop an interface to a LGPL library that would provide some
of this lost functionality.

Bill Page.

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