[Rd] Non-free packages in R-Forge

Marc Schwartz marc_schwartz at me.com
Fri Nov 18 19:20:02 CET 2011

On Nov 18, 2011, at 12:00 PM, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:

> I'm sorry about the tone of my previous email. Let me try again in a
> cleaner way.
> The problem is: R or the organisation behind R via its infrastructure
> seems to be endorsing R-Forge, and R-Forge is hosting at least one
> project whose sole purpose is to link R with non-free software. This
> looks like endorsement of non-free software, which is contrary to the
> aims of the GNU project, of which R today claims to be a part.
> There are several solutions, but the only workable ones I see are to
> either sever ties with the GNU project, clearly remove the endorsement
> of the non-free project, or to make the non-free project free. Of
> these, it is my sincere hope that the last one happens.
> That is all.
> - Jordi G. H.

It seems to me that you have a rather RMS-like mindset, as opposed to Simon's more pragmatic approach, which frankly, as a FOSS supporter and useR of R for 10 years, I prefer.

If you feel so strongly about your position, then take it up with the FSF and pursue it there!

This is degenerating into a philosophical debate, based on your opinion alone, which is not going to be resolved in this forum.

Move on.

Marc Schwartz

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