Monday, February 07, 2011

R, windows, linux, etc.

For some reasons I had to work on a Windows machine for the last couple of days. So I installed Revolution R and played with it. It is an elegant piece of software with clearly defined targeted user group. It fits the Windows world well. On the other hand, this means that it has distanced itself from the free software world as represented by Linux and R: while Linux and R make it easy for you to gets your hands dirty by playing with the C/C++ code under the surface and blur the distinction between "developer" and "user", the distinction is so prominent in the Windows world (I assume in the Mac world too) and by making view, changing, and compiling source code very difficult, binary files are deified.

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