Availability of EGCG9?

Peter Rice pmr at sanger.ac.uk
Mon Feb 9 08:37:47 EST 1998

tjrc1 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk (Tim Cutts) writes:

> In article <6bla0c$a1h$1 at nntp1.ba.best.com>,
> Greg  <jquinn at shell7.ba.best.com> wrote:
> >Hi,
> >Sorry if I've missed a post on this, but I was looking for the gcg v9
> >version of EGCG and I couldn't see it at the EBI site. Does anyone know
> >whether it's been released?
> I'm sure Peter will volunteer a more detailed explanation, but it's due to
> GCG's much more restrictive licensing in GCG 9 and later.  You can't build
> the EGCG stuff without a source licence (which is fair enough) but what is
> really silly is that Peter can't even distribute it in binary form either. 

Ummm. It's a little more complicated than that.

EGCG 9 is currently in alpha test at two sites which have not only
the GCG sources but also some license amendments to allow them to
test EGCG sources.

The plan is then to have a beta release for selected sites to test binaries.
These will be only for OSF 4, Irix 6 and Solaris.

Eventually, there will be a general binary release for other sites, on
the same platforms, but with restrictions on distribution even for
binaries. It will certainly not be available through the EBI FTP
server this time.

The biggest problem is that I am now working on the successor to EGCG,
a sequence analysis suite called EMBOSS, and for various reasons any
further work on EGCG, from my point of view, will be wasted
effort. This is despite long and frustrating negotiations to try to
link the two projects together.

EMBOSS is the top priority now. As a result there is very little time
available to work on getting EGCG 9.x completed. But something should
appear in the end.

Peter Rice                | Informatics Division, The Sanger Centre,
E-mail: pmr at sanger.ac.uk  | Wellcome Trust Genome Campus,
Tel: (44) 1223 494967     | Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SA, England
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