[Rd] GPL and R Community Policies (Rcpp)

Claudia Beleites cbeleites at units.it
Thu Dec 2 17:24:55 CET 2010

On 12/02/2010 10:32 AM, Liviu Andronic wrote:
> Dear all
> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 7:21 PM, Dominick Samperi<djsamperi at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> The author line of the latest release of the R package
>> Rcpp (0.8.9) was revised as follows:
>> From: "based on code written during 2005 and 2006 by Dominick Samperi"
>> To: "a small portion of the code is based on code written during 2005 and
>> 2006 by Dominick Samperi"
>> From the info given in the thread, personally I'm sympathetic to
> Dominick's complaint: the latter message is no proper way to
> acknowledge the original author of the package. As I see it, the
> project either:
> - explicitly mentions the original author and the active (current)
> contributors (and perhaps previous ones), or
> - lines up all previous contributors in a line and singles out the
> active contributors
- or in this case say that it was forked (when) from (Author)'s (package) (version)
> But saying that the original author's contributions represented some
> coding of random importance (implied in the message above), only a
> subset of which made it to the current release, sounds disparaging to
> my ears, too.
> My humble opinion
> Liviu
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