# [R] What is R?

Diego Kuonen Diego at kuonen.com
Thu Feb 8 20:01:46 CET 2001

Dear all

there's something. that puzzles me about what R is :-)

"R is available as Free Software under the terms of the Free
Software Foundation's GNU General Public License in source
code form."

But, looking at the second paragraph of the same site, you
see this:

"... and R provides an Open Source route to participation in
that activity."

As we all know the term "open source" means something close
(but not identical) to "free software".

So, what is R?

It clearly seems to be "free software" and not only "open source"
software, or?

Finally, Let's have a look at the following:

"... This article describes why using the term open source'' does
not solve any problems, and in fact creates some. These are the reasons
why it is better to stick with free software.'' ... "

(Source: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-software-for-freedom.html )

I'm puzzled, are you?

Greets

Diego

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