Hi Christoph Helma,
Hi Matthew Stahl,
Hi Warren DeLano,
Hi Geoff Hutchinson,
so you are finished with your post doc, right ? :-) And unfortunately
your announcement is not uncritical and all flaming discussions can be
send directly to me or to the QSAR, JOELib or Openbabel lists.
Until now I am a scientist, so I am not really interested in license
dicussions. And nonetheless I think it is my liability and curse as
administrator to open this discussion. Sorry, Christoph but you are the
first after the open source publications of Warren and Matthew, and
software has in your case a long history called OELib.
1. Christoph, it would be nice, if you can submit some references to
both lists, if you are too busy I can do this. Maybe the ILP or fuzzy
key papers and/or the link to the challenge web page.
2. As shown at page http://www.predictive-toxicology.org/lazar/form.php
you are using OpenBabel and JOELib. The guys of the
http://www.compumine.se/adme/adme.jsp web page uses also JOELib for
Please beware that both tools are GPL, so beware of your commercial
interests. So, every source code derived and *based* on OpenBabel and
JOELib must be GPL, too. If your prediction source code is independent
of both packages I am fine with your tools. Otherwise, I recommend you
to switch to OEChem of EyesOpen, it should be really similar to
OpenBabel http://www.eyesopen.com/ or to Marvin from ChemAxxon.
So, I do not want to be a killjoy, but please check for possible GPL
violations. And I agree with the critic of M. Stahl, one of the
developers of OELib (JOELib and OpenBabel predecessor), that it is
dangerous for commercial partners to use GPLed open source, but its good
for creating a standard (against to which commercial partners can test
their products) and to work with in academia. If you are interested in
consultant work, there should be no problem at all!
Otherwise EyesOpen has the copyrights on the chemical expert systems and
algorithms derived from OELib. And this should not be forgotten.
Kind regards, Joerg
P.S.: Sorry, again, for being uncomfortable, it's IMHO my responsibility
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