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Eric Dunbar eric.dunbar at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 03:16:51 UTC 2005


> *Software offers society an opportunity to share tools, much like we

*Software offers society an UNPRECEDENTED opporunity...

> share ideas. Unlike a house, which requires resources to build EACH
> house (time, money and building blocks), software only requires a ONE
> TIME investment of resources. Once created, it's like an idea in that
> it can be disseminated at virtually no cost. This is an opportunity
> for people to share, and open up tools to people who could otherwise
> not afford them. There is no reason FLOSS cannot be made to be
> accessible and usable by as many people as possible, and, ESPECIALLY
> people who otherwise couldn't afford those tools. The struggling
> university student who could never afford SAS or SigmaPlot is,
> however, in a position to use 'r', mySQL and any number of other data
> manipulation tools (provided a computer can be acquired).

PS R: <http://www.r-project.org/> (it's quite easy to use... I'm
learnin' myself SAS but I think r will be next on the horizon...
unless there's an OSS SAS (perhaps called RBR ;-) project simmering
somewhere)

Eric.




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