[Rd] Non-GPL packages for R

spencerg spencer.graves at prodsyse.com
Fri Sep 11 19:19:10 CEST 2009

Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> On 11 September 2009 at 17:25, Kurt Hornik wrote:
> | I thought I had already explained the last time the GPL-only suggestion
> | came up that this will not happen for CRAN.
> | 
> | But again: we have invested considerable time into getting the license
> | specs standardized, and writing code to compute on these.  Time
> | permitting, R 2.10.0 will feature code that allows specifying license
> | filters which can be customized according to individuals' needs.  But I
> | see no point in physically representing one particular license profile.
> | 
> | Btw, there are less non-free packages on CRAN than packages which claim
> | to be free but have non-free installation dependencies: some would argue
> | that the latter is impossible from a license perspective.  I feel little
> | desire to start arguing about this, as being able to control package
> | installation by license filters will resolve matters anyway.
> Indeed, that would possibly solve some our (as in cran2deb) worries too.  So
> a nig Thanks! for working on this, and of course for providing CRAN in the
> first place.
      I second that.  People all over the world are more quantitative 
than they would otherwise be because the R project including CRAN (and 
R-Forge) make it economically feasible for them to access and use high 
quality software to better understand their world and communicate that 
improved understanding  more effectively to others.  Knowledge is power, 
and this increased knowledge gives more people more control over their 
lives.  We are not laying brick but building a cathedral. 


> Dirk

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