Access to DELTA source code
mike.dallwitz at NETSPEED.COM.AU
Mon May 10 03:09:19 CEST 2004
- From: Steve Shattuck
> I'm not sure calling the developers/legal owners of DELTA "immoral and
> irresponsible" is a particularly clever way to encourage their
> engagement with the broader community.
It did encourage the first public statement from CSIRO on this topic
since the DELTA project ended more than 3 years ago.
> It's not as simple as just "making the source code available". The
> compilers/libraries used for the DELTA development are no longer
> available and licenses for these will need to be transfered as well.
This is for prospective developers to worry about. In any case, the
software should be ported to a currently supported development
environment (this was being planned when the project was terminated).
Incidentally, I would have maintained the Fortran programs myself, if
given the opportunity. To do so, I would have had to buy a new Fortran
> Also, instructions on setting up the development environment may be
> required, as well as scripts for actually compiling the source code.
> While none of this is particularly difficult, it will take time and
> effort (and therefore cost money).
Again, this is not CSIRO's responsibility. The people with this
knowledge are no longer employed by CSIRO Entomology.
> CSIRO is now considering other options.
This sounds to me like management-speak for 'CSIRO is doing nothing'.
Now if they were _actively_ considering other options ... :-)
> CSIRO will decide the future of the DELTA source code by the end of
> this year (2004).
At least they can't be accused of rushing into this. That will be 4
years from the termination of the project - a long time in the software
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