[R-gui] RE: [R] The hidden costs of GPL software?
tlumley at u.washington.edu
Thu Nov 18 16:59:47 CET 2004
On Thu, 18 Nov 2004, Philippe Grosjean wrote:
> John W. Eaton wrote:
>> On 17-Nov-2004, Philippe Grosjean <phgrosjean at sciviews.org> wrote:
>> | - There is no possibility to make a commercial GUI for R (thanks to
>> | the GPL),
>> This is false. Please don't confuse "commercial" (Red Hat
>> and SuSE GNU/Linux distributions are commercial software)
>> with "proprietary".
> Ooops! Sorry, and thank you for correcting me. I mean "proprietary", of
And it isn't obvious that it is true even if you mean proprietary. A GUI
that ran R just by sending commands to stdin and getting results from
stdout could clearly be proprietary without violating the GPL. The
question of exactly what level of closer integration is allowed would get
complicated and I won't speculate.
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