R-alpha: [sboker@calliope.psych.nd.edu: Re: S-PLUS on UNIX plans]

Martin Maechler Martin Maechler <maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch>
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 10:41:04 +0200

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In case you did not realize how much this is related to R :

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From: "Steven M. Boker" <sboker@calliope.psych.nd.edu>
Date: Wed,  8 Oct 97 16:37:05 -0500
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Subject: Re: S-PLUS on UNIX plans

My apologies for sending this out in non-ascii text format. (blush)
Here is the message.

On Tue, 7 Oct 1997, Gregory R. Warnes wrote:
>I applaud MathSoft's interest in porting Splus to Linux, and can
>echo "Z. Todd Taylor" comments.
>For those who are interested in GNU software, there is an S clone
>in development.  It is named R and can be obtained from
><http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/R.  It is already quite useful, but of
>course, does not have many of the enhancements added to Splus by

Another poster also was wondering about a Mac version.  I ported
R to OpenStep, the precursor to Apple's new Rhapsody OS.  Rhapsody's
core is just just BSD Unix, so the port took about 4 hours to find
the few definitions that had to be changed.  Of course, this is
just a command-line version.  But the language is, IMHO, the heart
and soul of Splus and how it differentiates itself in the marketplace.
I submit that a port to Linux and a port to Rhapsody could be an
almost identical code tree.  Seriously.  And they'd get another
market for free.

In the mean time, R will own that market as they own the Linux market.

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