[R] Re: R-1.3.0 is released
james.lindsey at luc.ac.be
Mon Jun 25 09:19:02 CEST 2001
> As anyone with an Internet connection can download the sources, I cannot
> see how anyone with access to R is `excluded' from the sources.
Many people in certain countries only have internet access through
commercial "cyber cafe" type installations and have little or no hard
disk rights. They have to load everything directly onto floppies for
transfer to their computer. If source is only available in a single
file too large for a floppy, these people are excluded.
> The issue seems to be the knowledge of how to split a file into
> floppy-sized pieces (and to re-assemble them). If we document that,
> surely the issue is solved?
Given the above, I suspect that the answer is no. Jim
> On Mon, 25 Jun 2001, Jim Lindsey wrote:
> > >
> > > On Fri, 22 Jun 2001, Jim Lindsey wrote:
> > >
> > > > > There are also versions split for floppies.
> > > > >
> > > > > (Are anyone actually using the split-source versions and not capable
> > > > > of using the "split" command themselves? They do take up a lot of
> > > > > space, and I had to remove split versions of earlier releases to make
> > > > > room for the new one.)
> > > >
> > > > This are absolutely essential for developing countries were people may
> > > > not have their own computer online and no easy way to split on MS (I
> > > > believe).
> > >
> > > The Windows binaries now come split into 6 floppies, so for Windows this
> > > is not an issue. Peter was discussing the sources: are source users
> > > needed to transfer on floppies? They need to get hold of the sources
> > > first, so it must be a question of transferring.
> > Yes of course. I know. I was referring to people who only have access
> > through a MS Windows servers for internet but work on Linux. Of
> > course, some MS Windows users requiring floppies will be excluded from
> > access to source code, a foundation of R, if the split source is no
> > longer available.
> I just don't see how.
> > Jim
> > >
> > >
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