Can't scilab 5 (GPL compatible) be promoted to universe?

Asked by Joseba Garcia Etxebarria

As of now, Intrepid alpha 6 ships with scilab 4.1.2-5 in multiverse, as the old scilab license wasn't entirely free. The new scilab release (5.0.1) is destributed under the CeCILL license, with GPL bits, which seems to be GPL compatible.
A list of the software needed to run scilab is included in
Changing the launch script to make scilab use openjdk (in main) instead of the bundled sun-jre seems to work just fine. Scilab also makes use of tcl/tk, which are in main too. Also, the newest version includes a much improved user interface.
Is it possible to try to update to the newer version, or is it too late for intrepid?

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Best Sylvestre Ledru (sylvestre) said :

When is the deadline of Intrepid ?
I am waiting for a few new versions of packages (batik, fop, jeuclid...) to upload into the main of Debian. Once these packages are there, I will upload it..
(btw, I confirm that Scilab 5 is working just fine with OpenJDK).
And we are just lucky, thanks to the change of license of the lib mesa (which is released under the SGI free license B .. non free), JoGL can go to main.


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Joseba Garcia Etxebarria (josebagar) said :

Thanks Sylvestre Ledru, that solved my question.

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Joseba Garcia Etxebarria (josebagar) said :

According to this, beta freeze is on 25th September. So I suppose this might skip intrepid.
Thanks for your answer, though.

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Sylvestre Ledru (sylvestre) said :

Yep, probably won't make it ... except if Ubuntu has a fast track process...