[Biopython-dev] Biograpy 1.0 beta released

Andrea Pierleoni andrea at biocomp.unibo.it
Mon Sep 12 16:04:59 UTC 2011

> On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM, Andrea Pierleoni
> <andrea at biocomp.unibo.it> wrote:
>>>> can you send me a link to the license so that I can include it in
>>>> biograpy?
>>>> thanks
>>> The Biopython licence is just:
>>> http://www.biopython.org/DIST/LICENSE
>> Yes, I saw that license, but I didn't find any reference to MIT or
>> anything else, so I was not sure this was the right one...
>>> If in the medium/long term you'd like to consider incorporating
>>> this into Biopython, then my recommendation is either use a
>>> compatible licence now, or ensure you get copyright assignment
>>> for all code contributions so that you can change the license later.
>>> My worry is if you use LGPL and take third party author
>>> contributions, then later wanted to change the license you'd
>>> need to contact all those 3rd party authors to get their
>>> permission.
>> Well we can easily change the license to the BioPython one. This is
>> intended to be a free  library. the more people can use it, the better,
>> even for commercial purposes.
>> BioGraPy can of course be incorporated in BioPython for commodity,
>> and/or be shipped as a separate package.
> That how GenomeDiagram started.
>> Personally I'd prefer to ship also with BioPython so we can be sure
>> that the right versions are always packed together.
>> Eg. If you are going to change subfeatures, than a compatible version
>> of BioGraPy must be used.
> Yeah - changing SeqFeature locations is a potential minefield,
> so I will want to try and make any transition as smooth as
> possible with a backwards compatibility hack.
> Peter

Backwards compatibility is always needed when feasible... :)


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