Re: [R] R -Legality Question about R's Open Source GNU GPL License

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Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 21:55:32 +0530

well, i am planning to test rattle (r gui) or even R on a cloud computer.

IMO SAS (software ) scores over R because it handles bigger files more efficiently on SAME local hardware. but prices a huge premium on licenses.

with R and a cloud, you pay for time spent (1+profit P). cloud ramps up processing power as needed.

data mining to the masses.
got 400 million rows and no money to work as a stats consultant. pay per use.

and i am ready to give it away to greenpeace , whatever.. .just not to any big corp who patents it first.

the question was which license to use, and i got two answers . so that was the clarification.

is this a business development plan maybe. but is also a r development plan which is much better algols than any other software.but still lacks acceptance .

and now for finding someone enough to sponser the cloud development time, without hoping for lazy royalty assets)

thanks for your help and support.



the framework is on decisionstats dot com

On 7/30/08, Marc Schwartz <> wrote:
> on 07/30/2008 10:35 AM wrote:
>> now which license to use?
>> it is bad enough explaining SaaS (software as a service), and open
>> source and data mining to lawyers, without the experts fighting it as
>> well.

>> and who pays for the cloud computing expenses for me then if there is
>> no money in it. cloud computing doesnt exist in India right now from
>> where I am writing this?
> As I noted in my reply, there is nothing preventing you using FOSS to
> create a value added service, from which you can generate profitable
> income.
> If there was, Red Hat would not be a public company with shareholders,
> Canonical (Ubuntu's commercial sponsor) would not exist and Dell would
> not be selling computers with Ubuntu pre-installed.
> Whether anyone will actually pay you for your service is another
> question and a business risk that you have to evaluate.
> That being said, if you are planning to start up a company based upon
> the use of FOSS as your foundation, get yourself a lawyer familiar with
> it and fire any lawyer that you are currently using who is not. There
> are lawyers with the requisite experience in both FOSS and IP.
> This is not the proper forum to seek business development advice.
> Marc Schwartz
> mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Wed 30 Jul 2008 - 16:27:53 GMT

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