[R] R != S-Plus

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Wed Oct 3 21:53:25 CEST 2001

>>>>> "MF" == Marc Feldesman <feldesmanm at pdx.edu> writes:

    MF> David Brahm's initial post seems to me to be filled with a
    MF> mixture of bugs, wants, and needs coupled with a desire to
    MF> "make" R become S-Plus.  David, if S-Plus works for you, why
    MF> are you bothering to convert all your code to R?  No one has
    MF> ever asserted that R==S (or S-Plus), and there is no reason to
    MF> expect this equality to hold, ever.

I think I'd disagree.  David's post was fine.  It was a nice detailed
explanation of his user experiences, something nearly every open
source development team wants.  In other contexts/projects, I've
really appreciated his reports and some of his provided solutions.

The only major problem I can see is that he sent it to R-bugs,
creating a minor (major?) workload problem for Peter which shouldn't
have happened.

Something broke down in the development process.  Let's get it fixed.

Civility is important from EVERYBODY.  

Relax.  As Thomas' subject said, take a deep breath and count to 10.

However, this isn't the first time we've seen comments about "open
source, volunteers, blah, blah" bandied around at people who have
demonstrated willingness to help OSS projects in the past, or worse,
who have run OSS projects in the past (not in this case, but I do
recall a snide remark from someone who should've known better about
OSS volunteer projects, directed towards the developer of the slick
(GPL'd) Emacs SAS mode predating ESS (which we later incorporated)).


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