[ESS] why a release from time to time would be nice

Toby Hocking tdhock5 @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Tue Sep 28 18:50:21 CEST 2021

Hi Rodney,
Just a point of clarification, it is completely OK for R-GSOC students to
write non-R code, and that happens every year (most common other languages
are probably FORTRAN/C/C++ and JavaScript but ESS/elisp should be fine
too). See non-R languages column in last year's coding projects table,
Also for the vast majority of other GSOC projects (all of them in my
experience) there is no problem with copyright. I'm not a copyright expert,
but maybe that is because the students are not being paid by their
universities to participate in GSOC? (google pays them a stipend, with the
purpose of encouraging them to contribute to free/open source software).

On Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 8:38 AM Sparapani, Rodney via ESS-help <
ess-help using r-project.org> wrote:

> Hi Toby:
> Well that is very generous.  But ESS is not written in R.
> So I don’t think this would work.  Also getting another
> person to file FSF paper work can be painful.  For
> example, the student’s employer is likely a university
> who would own their code.  Typically you have to
> get them to give your copyright back which is not
> always easily accomplished.  Thanks
> --
> Rodney Sparapani, Associate Professor of Biostatistics
> Chair ISBA Section on Biostatistics and Pharmaceutical Statistics
> Institute for Health and Equity, Division of Biostatistics
> Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Campus
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