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These are examples of e-mails sent to packages owners asking for a release of their package under GPL compatible licenses. | These are examples of e-mails sent to packages owners asking for a release of their package under GPL compatible licenses. | ||

− | {{Note|this is only required if the code being requested is available for download ''only'' through File Exchange. Please read the [[FAQ#Why_can.27t_I_use_code_from_File_Exchange_in_Octave.3F_It.27s_released_under_a_BSD_license.21|FAQ]] to understand why permission is required in such cases. | + | {{Note|this is only required if the code being requested is available for download ''only'' through File Exchange. Please read the [[FAQ#Why_can.27t_I_use_code_from_File_Exchange_in_Octave.3F_It.27s_released_under_a_BSD_license.21|FAQ]] to understand why permission is required in such cases. However, if, for example, the author also provides the code on their own homepage (or their university/institution homepage) under [http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#WhatDoesCompatMean GPL-compatible terms] (such as the [http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#ModifiedBSD modified BSD license]), there is no need to bother them with legalese. Of course, you could email them telling that you find their code useful; we all enjoy appreciation of our work.}} |

== real2rgb from File Exchange == | == real2rgb from File Exchange == | ||

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you the following | you the following | ||

- You will be properly credited and your papers will be linked as well. | - You will be properly credited and your papers will be linked as well. | ||

− | - Maintenance of your function, test and demos will be | + | - Maintenance of your function, test and demos will be shared with the |

Octave and Octave-forge community. Of course you can continue contributing, | Octave and Octave-forge community. Of course you can continue contributing, | ||

and we will very happy to have you among us. I will also | and we will very happy to have you among us. I will also | ||

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package[3], since the package have enjoyed several new contributions and | package[3], since the package have enjoyed several new contributions and | ||

code | code | ||

− | optimization. A group | + | optimization. A group from the technical |

university of Denmark[4] working on nonnegative matrix factorization also | university of Denmark[4] working on nonnegative matrix factorization also | ||

allowed us to redistribute their package under GPLv3. Biomechanics & | allowed us to redistribute their package under GPLv3. Biomechanics & | ||

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example the Matgeom community[2] released under GPLv3 so that | example the Matgeom community[2] released under GPLv3 so that | ||

Octave-forge can mirror they package[3], since the package have | Octave-forge can mirror they package[3], since the package have | ||

− | enjoyed several new contributions and code optimization. A group | + | enjoyed several new contributions and code optimization. A group from |

the technical | the technical | ||

university of Denmark[4] working on nonnegative matrix factorization | university of Denmark[4] working on nonnegative matrix factorization | ||

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contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. | contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. | ||

- I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. | - I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. | ||

− | - You function will be directly downloaded and installed | + | - You function will be directly downloaded and installed from an |

Octave terminal (assuming it is packed inside linear-algebra package): | Octave terminal (assuming it is packed inside linear-algebra package): | ||

>pkg -forge install linear-algebra | >pkg -forge install linear-algebra | ||

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contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. | contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. | ||

- I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. | - I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. | ||

− | - You function will be directly downloaded and installed | + | - You function will be directly downloaded and installed from an |

Octave terminal (assuming it is packed inside linear-algebra package): | Octave terminal (assuming it is packed inside linear-algebra package): | ||

>pkg -forge install linear-algebra | >pkg -forge install linear-algebra | ||

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- Maintenance of your toolbox, test and demos will be taken over by the Octave and Octave-forge community. Of course you can continue contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. | - Maintenance of your toolbox, test and demos will be taken over by the Octave and Octave-forge community. Of course you can continue contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. | ||

- I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. | - I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. | ||

− | - You function will be directly downloaded and installed | + | - You function will be directly downloaded and installed from an Octave terminal (assuming it is packed inside linear-algebra package): |

>pkg -forge install linear-algebra | >pkg -forge install linear-algebra | ||

## Latest revision as of 19:44, 2 April 2019

These are examples of e-mails sent to packages owners asking for a release of their package under GPL compatible licenses.

this is only required if the code being requested is available for download

*only*through File Exchange. Please read the FAQ to understand why permission is required in such cases. However, if, for example, the author also provides the code on their own homepage (or their university/institution homepage) under GPL-compatible terms (such as the modified BSD license), there is no need to bother them with legalese. Of course, you could email them telling that you find their code useful; we all enjoy appreciation of our work.## real2rgb from File ExchangeEdit

- 12/10/2012

Dear Oliver Woodford, My name is Juan Pablo Carbajal, I am developer at Octave-Forge[1] a sibling project of GNU Octave. I have downloaded your package real2rgb from the Matlab file exchange and I find it very useful. Would you like to contribute it to Octave-Forge? I know licensing issues are difficult topics and therefore I approach you with utter respect. If you accept this invitation to contribute code to Octave-Forge, I can offer you the following - You will be properly credited and your papers will be linked as well. - Maintenance of your function, test and demos will be shared with the Octave and Octave-forge community. Of course you can continue contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. I will also let you know of any bug report we get from the users. - I will take care of porting (code formatting, demos and test). - You function will be directly downloaded and installed from an Octave prompt (assuming it is packed inside real2rgb package): > pkg -forge install real2rgb The only thing that you need to do is to release your code under GPLv3 (we like this one :D ) or any license compatible with them, e.g. FreeBSD. I cannot use the downloaded the packages from the Matlab file exchange because it will be a violation of their "Terms of Use" (that code can be used only in Mathworks products). You need only to let me know that you allow me to redistribute your code under your free license of choice, I will take care of adding the header to each file of your package. In case you are interested, I can tell you about successful experiences of other researches contributing their work. For example the matGeom community[2] released under GPLv3 so that Octave-forge can mirror they package[3], since the package have enjoyed several new contributions and code optimization. A group from the technical university of Denmark[4] working on nonnegative matrix factorization also allowed us to redistribute their package under GPLv3. Biomechanics & Neurosciences researchers[5] have also changed their license to GPLv3 to allow us to produce packages out of their excellent algorithms. We have no other objective but to offer a truly free platform for the exchange of our research. I hope you join us! If you have any question or comments, please let me know without hesitation. Thank you very much for your excellent code! Regards, [1] http://octave.sourceforge.net/ [2] http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/matgeom/index.php?title=Main_Page [3] http://www.octave.org/wiki/index.php?title=Geometry_package [4] http://cogsys.imm.dtu.dk/toolbox/nmf/index.html [5] http://sites.google.com/site/systemsneurosciencegroup/people/stewart-heitmann

## Gaussian Processes for machine learningEdit

- 21/5/2012

Dear Dr. Nickisch and Dr. Rasmussen, My name is Juan Pablo Carbajal, I am developer at Octave-Forge[1] a sibling project of GNU Octave. I have downloaded your package gpml-v3.1 from your website and I find it very useful (also fan of your book GP for ML). Would you like to contribute it to Octave-Forge? I know licensing issues are difficult topics and therefore I approach you with utter respect. If you accept this invitation to contribute code to Octave-Forge, I can offer you the following - You will be properly credited and your papers will be linked as well. - Maintenance of your function, test and demos will be taken over by the Octave and Octave-forge community. Of course you can continue contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. I will also let you know of any bug report we get from the users. - I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. - You function will be directly downloaded and installed from an Octave terminal (assuming it is packed inside gaussp package): >pkg -forge install gaussp The only thing that you need to do is to release your code under GPLv3 (we like this one :D ) or any license compatible with them, e.g. FreeBSD. Although the current license of your package is quite free, it is a custom license and GNU wouldn't accept it. You need only to let me know that you allow me to redistribute your code under your free license of choice, I will take care of adding the header to each file of your package. In case you are interested, I can tell you about successful experiences of other researches contributing their work. For example the Matgeom community[2] released under GPLv3 so that Octave-forge can mirror they package[3], since the package have enjoyed several new contributions and code optimization. A group from the technical university of Denmark[4] working on nonnegative matrix factorization also allowed us to redistribute their package under GPLv3. Biomechanics & Neurosciences researchers[5] have also changed their license to GPLv3 to allow us to produce packages out of their excellent algorithms. We have no other objective but to offer a truly free platform for the exchange of our research. I hope you join us! If you have any question or comments, please let me know without hesitation. Thank you very much for your excellent code (and book!) [1] http://octave.sourceforge.net/ [2] http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/matgeom/index.php?title=Main_Page [3] http://www.octave.org/wiki/index.php?title=Geometry_package [4] http://cogsys.imm.dtu.dk/toolbox/nmf/index.html [5] http://sites.google.com/site/systemsneurosciencegroup/people/stewart-heitmann

## SPM ID ToolboxEdit

- 7/1/2011

Dear Brett, Thank you very much for your toolbox. I am trying to run it in Octave 3.5.0+ and it doesn't work. On one side the control functions of octave have been updated and the old ones (that apparently are dumped by Mathworks in the signal toolbox) were removed, but I am working on it. On the other side, I found some bugs in your package. For example, the function rksqrtv.m is empty! which makes demo_unit option 19 fail. However, even if the function were there, with the interface as explained in the help, then ks.m would produce an error at the end, because the matrix G has no field called ss. Another bug I found in m2f line 165. The output of mimofr would be of size number-of-ouputs x number-of-inputs x number-of-frequencies. As it is used there, the addition will fail for the option 20 of demo_unit I corrected by doing G.H=mimofr(G.ss.A,G.ss.K,G.ss.C,[],ww); DK = eye(size(G.H,1),size(G.H,2)); G.H=G.H + DK(:,:,ones(1,length(ww))); by the way, if you were aiming to make UNIT compatible with Octave 3.5.0+, you would have freqresp.m available in the control package. Are you planning to produce an Octave 3.5.0+ compatible version of your excellent package? Thanks again, Regards,

- 12/9/2012

Dear Brett Ninness, I am writing you once more in relation to the SPM toolbox (http://sigpromu.org/idtoolbox/). GNU Octave is now in its 3.6.x version and the packages are experiencing fast development. Take for example (and most related to your package) the control package (http://octave.sourceforge.net/control/overview.html). You may notice under the section "Experimental data handling" and "System identification" some interesting new functionality. Do you have plans to release your package under a GPL compatible license (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FSF-approved_software_licenses)? Only under this licesing scheme we can include and extended your package into GNU Octave packages. It may be advantageous, in terms of visibility and use, to release a free version that can be shipped with GNU Octave packages, since users can download it and install it directly from the prompt. Additionally, the packages that are most popular are shipped within Linux distributions like Debian and Fedora. Please let us know about your decision. Thank you very much in advance. Kind regards,

## Non-negative matrix factorizationEdit

- 9/3/2012

Dear Dr. Jingu Kim, My name is Juan Pablo Carbajal, I am a developer of Octave-Forge[1]. I have downloaded your package nmf_bpas from your website and I find it very useful. Would you like to contribute it to Octave-Forge? I know licensing issues are difficult topics and therefore I approach you with utter respect. If you accept this invitation to contribute code to Octave-Forge, I can offer you the following - You will be properly credited and your papers will be linked as well. - Maintenance of your function, test and demos will be taken over by the Octave and Octave-forge community. Of course you can continue contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. - I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. - You function will be directly downloaded and installed from an Octave terminal (assuming it is packed inside linear-algebra package): >pkg -forge install linear-algebra The only thing that you need to do is to release your code under GPLv3 (we like this one :D ) or any license compatible with them, e.g. FreeBSD. We already have an algorithm for nmf, by Chih-Jen Lin[2] but we would like to have a good variety of implementations, therefore we ask for your contribution. In case you are interested, I can tell you about successful experiences of together researches contributing their work. For example the Matgeom community[3] released under GPLv3 so that Octave-forge can mirror they package[4]. Biomechanics & Neurosciences researchers[5] have also changed their license to GPLv3 to allow us to produce packages out of their excellent algorithms. We are trying to offer a truly free platform for the exchange of our research. I hope you join us! [1] http://octave.sourceforge.net/ [2] http://www.csie.ntu.edu.tw/~cjlin/nmf/index.html [3] http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/matgeom/index.php?title=Main_Page [4] http://www.octave.org/wiki/index.php?title=Geometry_package [5] http://sites.google.com/site/systemsneurosciencegroup/people/stewart-heitmann Looking forward to your answer, Best regards,

Dear Chih-Jen Lin, My name is Juan Pablo Carbajal, I am a developer of Octave-Forge[1]. I have downloaded your function nmf.m from your website and I find it very useful. Would you like to contribute it to Octave-Forge? I know licensing issues are difficult topics and therefore I approach you with utter respect. If you accept this invitation to contribute code to Octave-Forge, I can offer you the following - You will be properly credited and your papers will be linked as well. - Maintenance of your function, test and demos will be taken over by the Octave and Octave-forge community. Of course you can continue contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. - I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. - You function will be directly downloaded and installed from an Octave terminal (assuming it is packed inside linear-algebra package): >pkg -forge install linear-algebra The only thing that you need to do is to release your code under GPLv3 (we like this one :D ) or any license compatible with them, e.g. FreeBSD. In case you are interested, I can tell you about successful experiences of together researches contributing their work. For example the Matgeom community[2] released under GPLv3 so that Octave-forge can mirror they package[3]. Biomechanics & Neurosciences researchers[4] have also changed their license to GPLv3 to allow us to produce packages out of their excellent algorithms. We are trying to offer a truly free platform for the exchange of our research. I hope you join us! Looking forward to your answer, Best regards,

- 27/3/2012

Dear Kasper Winther Joergensen, My name is Juan Pablo Carbajal, I am a developer of Octave-Forge[1]. I have downloaded the nmf toolbox 1-4-0 from your website and I find it very useful. Would you like to contribute it to Octave-Forge? I know licensing issues are difficult topics and therefore I approach you with utter respect. If you accept this invitation to contribute code to Octave-Forge, I can offer you the following - You will be properly credited and your papers will be linked as well. - Maintenance of your toolbox, test and demos will be taken over by the Octave and Octave-forge community. Of course you can continue contributing, and we will very happy to have you among us. - I will take care of code formatting, demos and test. - You function will be directly downloaded and installed from an Octave terminal (assuming it is packed inside linear-algebra package): >pkg -forge install linear-algebra The only thing that you need to do is to release your code under GPLv3 (we like this one :D ) or any license compatible with them, e.g. FreeBSD. Chih-Jen Lin (author of the file nmf_cjlin in your toolbox) and Jingu Kim have already send me their permission to post their code in Octave-Forge. I hope you join us! In case you are interested, I can tell you about successful experiences of together researches contributing their work. For example the Matgeom community[2] released under GPLv3 so that Octave-forge can mirror they package[3]. Biomechanics & Neurosciences researchers[4] have also changed their license to GPLv3 to allow us to produce packages out of their excellent algorithms. We are trying to offer a truly free platform for the exchange of our research. Looking forward to your answer, Best regards,

## Motion trackingEdit

- 29/8/2012

Dear Marie Dacke and Emily Baird, Thank you once more for your interesting research and motivating presentation about dung beetles. As we discussed post-processing the data recorded with cameras and tracking the position of the bugs is time consuming. Automatizing and standardizing this task is very important for reproducible research and the speed up development in ethology. You told me that you post-process your movies using Matlab. I would like to port your scripts to GNU Octave to make them completely free (that is the code can be run in free software). If you could provide some of your code so I can test it in Octave, it would be very helpful. We will see what developments are needed in the current version of Octave and the community will work on that. To be useful in Octave we would need that the code you send is released under a free license (we refer GPLv3, but any in the column GPL compatible would do fine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FSF_approved_software_licenses). Your authorship will never be removed form the files, only editors names will be added if required. Looking forward to work on your code. Sincerely

## Biomechanical muscle modelsEdit

- 21/12/2011

Dear Stewart, Thank you again for establishing the contact. From the latest video I understand that the torques generated in joints closer to the "shoulder" due to the segments farther away, change the stability of some of the equilibrium points. If that is the case this is something that one cannot predict studying isolated links. However, I guess that studying isolated links with an extra constant term would show these bifurcations as well (that is, the torque due to its own weight + some external constant torque). I have an interest in your work since my work is related. In my thesis I study the effect that body properties (around here people speaks of "morphology") may have on the difficulty of performing certain tasks. Stated as a question, Can we quantify the relation between function and morphology? I studied several cases and one of them is kinematic chains, though I did not achieve a strong answer to the question I came up with a method to calculate solution to control problems base don the natural dynamics of the kinematic chain. Using models as the one you report in your paper is of high interest to me (but for an after thesis life, i.e. ~July 2012). Maybe we can have a sort of collaboration there. I am collaborating with Andrea d'Avella (context of AMARSi project[0]) and with a student of Francesco Nori, I guess it will be great to unite forces ;D. Additionally, I plan to release my algorithms in a package (probably named biomechanics) for Octave[1,2] (I hope you know it, is very similar to Matlab) and I was wondering if you would like to release yours as well, in the same package. The only formal requirement is that your code has a GNU compatible license (FreeBSD, GPL, LGPL, etc). I am already a developer there, so I could take care of the "administrative" burden. Here [3] you can see my TODO list for Octave, to see what is to come (for example the robotics package!) Looking forward to your answer! [0] http://www.amarsi-project.eu/ [1] http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/ [2] http://octave.sourceforge.net/ [3] http://octave.org/wiki/index.php?title=User:KaKiLa

## matGeomEdit

- 26/9/2011

Dear David, I would like to discuss the possibility of making matGeom compatible with Octave and upload it to the Octave-Packages server. http://octave.sourceforge.net/index.html Packages there are maintained individually and people can get them directly from inside octave. That make is really easy to install the package. Regarding the license. You can release your code with multiple licenses, that is not a problem at all. If you add the GPL version to a zip and send it, then that code will be GPL. Nevertheless BSD work fine as well. Just let me know when you add the license (make sure you add 3-clause or 2-clause BSD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD_licenses), otherwise we cannot add it to Octave). As soon as you let me know, I will start the upload. Thanks Regards,