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Re: [tlug] GPL vs. paid version and ethics

On Mon, 2012-08-06 at 03:33 +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> Octave is not Matlab, R is not S, and
> Maxima is not Mathematica.  MySQL and PostgreSQL are wonderful, but
> they're not Oracle or DB2.  GNOME and KDE are not the Mac OS X GUI. 

Yes, indeed, R is not S. R is far superior to the commercial S-Plus.
There are many more specialized packages available for R then for
S-Plus. There's a package for almost anything you would need. As of
2012-04-13[1] there were around 5,300 packages available for R. All
indications are that the tremendous growth in R development (and the
concomitant *lack* of development for S-Plus) is due to R being open
source, and S-Plus being closed and proprietary.

Stuart Luppescu <>
University of Chicago

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