amber-developers: sprng parallel rng's

From: David A. Case <>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 14:12:06 -0700

On Wed, May 07, 2008, Ross Walker wrote:

> We should probably consider using something like the SPRNG library:
> It is also open source so could be included in the amber tree.

!!!NOT!!! The sprng libraries are distrubuted under the GPL, and *cannot*
be included in Amber.

People: please be careful about licenses...the term "open source" may be
misleading, but take the time to learn about this stuff. Don't borrow code
from somewhere else unless you are sure about your right to do so. In
particular, GPL software cannot be linked into Amber codes.

[We have even had instances where Numerical Recipes code was appearing in
places: the license for that is so restrictive that you can't probably even
use it for personal use, much less redistribute it.]

[One of the benefits of taking AmberTools to GPL is that we *could* build on
things like sprng in that code base. But Amber itself has a very different
license, and a different set of restrictions.]

Received on Sun May 11 2008 - 06:07:15 PDT
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