[Bio-software] GCG/SeqLab petition

Steve Thompson via bio-soft%40net.bio.net (by stevet from bio.fsu.edu)
Fri Mar 21 07:45:03 EST 2008

Hi all -

I apologize for my multiple cross-group postings but I feel the 
importance and urgency of this message warrant it.

As many of you are aware, last summer Accelrys announced that they would 
be discontinuing support for GCG and SeqLab this upcoming June.  That 
situation dismayed me and others and I wanted to do something about it. 
I contacted Steven Smith, one of the original authors of SeqLab, and 
discussed the situation with him.  He volunteered to contact Accelrys in 
an attempt to minimally get SeqLab's license and code released to him.  I 
gave Steve several months to try to persuade the company.  Accelrys was 
not very cooperative.  Therefore, I set about creating a petition in an 
attempt to add some leverage. I've contacted a few of you earlier 
regarding this initiative and appreciate your support.  Anyway, I have 
created and posted that petition.  It's at:


And a nicely formatted PDF version is available in my own Web space:


I would very much appreciate you adding your name to this petition, if you 
agree with our sentiment.  Thank you for your time!

                              Cheers - Steve
                                                 Steven M. Thompson
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