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Research, Development and Promotion

Dasher Research is taking place in the inference group.

Dasher Development and Promotion will be managed as an Open Source project by a project manager in the inference group, if we get funding for this.

You can interact with the Dasher team in three ways:

(1) If you have questions about Dasher, please follow the Any questions? link. Please use this FAQ to report any bugs or problems you encounter.

(2) If you would like to be kept up to date with Dasher development news, join the Dasher Yahoo Group.

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(3) To participate in the guts of product development and bug-fixing: Sourceforge is where we plan to host the open source dasher project. You sign up by creating a sourceforge user ID for yourself, then going to the project page and clicking the [view members] link at the RHS then click on the name of one of the admins (I nominate Phil Cowans :^) to send them your ID and get added. Administrator's URL. Webstats URL: SourceForge Logo

We plan to distribute Dasher source code under the GNU public license (GPL) initially. [A later version of Dasher may be distributed under the LGPL if there is demand.] These licenses allow anyone to use the source code, and ensure that modified versions of the source code remain equally free to everyone. Developers who contribute minor source code changes are asked to transfer copyright to the copyright owner (David Ward) in accordance with the advice of the free software foundation.

We aim to release the source code about August 2002. At that time, we will still be making major modifications to the backbone of the source code, so we will not encourage major new contributions to the project; the source tree will be maintained in Cambridge and contributions can be submitted to us for inclusion.
By October 2002, we hope to have the overall structure fixed. At this point, we may move the source tree to sourceforge. We may also release a Dasher library under the LGPL.

If none of the above routes satisfies your needs, please send an email.

The Inference Group is supported by the Gatsby Foundation
and by a partnership award from IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
David MacKay
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