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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Microsoft and a version of R

From: Thomas HARDING
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Microsoft and a version of R
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:27:09 +0200
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On 24/06/2015 22:37, Algot Runeman wrote:
I stumbled across this post:
and felt compelled to write a comment.

"It sounds as if Microsoft should just buy TIBCO. The result won't be R, perhaps. R is important because it is not buried cryptically in commercial products, R is important because it is Free Software, out in the open where scientists can evaluate the analysis of data from top right down to the bottom, not being forced to "believe" that a company has done a creditable implementation in its black box software.

The GPL is designed specifically to ensure the visibility of software upon which our analysis relies."

As reading that article (or more probably "commercial") too, Microsoft would gain far more to licence "Microsoft SQL-Server" and "Microsoft Excel" under GPL, as some unsuitables features could be drop-out and some useful ones implemented. It would not be a change regarding the usual retro-compatibility of these "products" (what we call "software"). Obviously, a complete re-writing would be needed in order to reach the goal, and neededs.

I also remain an article entitled "why we failed with SQL Server", or something like...


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