Re: [R] How can you buy R?

From: Stuart Leask <>
Date: Fri 19 May 2006 - 17:37:20 EST

Surely the entity is saying you will only be able to use software for which you have a valid licence. They are (rightly) worried about employees installing pirate copies of software which, if audited, could lead to huge fines.

While there is plenty of software for which one has to pay for such a licence, R's licence is the GNU GPL - a completely valid and proper licence that gives you a legal right to use it.
(If you 'buy R', my understanding is that, under its licence, all you'd be allowed to pay for is the medium it is carried on, not the program itself.)


> Hi all,
> This may seem like a dumb question, but I work for an entity that is soon
> converting to XP across the board, and I will lose the ability to install
> software on my own. The entity has a policy of only using software that
> has
> been purchased and "properly licensed" (whatever that means).
> This means I will soon lose the ability to use R at work - something I
> can't
> do without at this point.
> HOWEVER, I might be able to work around this policy if I can find a
> licensed
> software vendor, preferably in Canada, that sells R.
> I tried googling R vendors but was unsuccessful.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks,
> Damien
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