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[News] Languages Associated with Free Software Gain Ground

  • Subject: [News] Languages Associated with Free Software Gain Ground
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 16:06:46 +0000
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NYT: SAS facing stiff competition

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| In a front-page article in Sunday's 
| business section, the New York Times takes 
| a look at SAS and how it is increasingly 
| facing competition from both proprietary 
| and open-source alternatives. 
| [...]
| But competition is coming from the other 
| direction, too: open-source. The article 
| specifically mentions R, which competes 
| with SAS to offer high-end statistical and 
| predictive analyses. 


New open source language for developing digital signal processor

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| The high-level language, called Feldspar 
| (Functional Embedded Language for DSP and 
| PARallelism, a language embedded into 
| Haskell), will make DSP software 
| development easier and more efficient, says 
| AndrÃs Vajda, senior specialist in Software 
| Research and project coordinator at 
| Ericsson for Feldspar.



REvolution R coming to Ubuntu

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| REvolution Computing's enhanced distribution of R,
| REvolution R, has been available for free download
| from our website for Windows and MacOS for over a
| year now, and has been used by thousands of R users
| for high-performance statistical data analysis. Soon,
| we'll be expanding our free distributions to Ubuntu
| Linux, with the release of REvolution R 3.0.


The "R" Statistical Environment, and REvolution Computing, Spread Out

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| REvolution Computing offers REvolution R, an enhanced distribution of R, as a
| free download. It also offers REvolution R Enterprise, a subscription-based
| version of R aimed at large companies that work with large data sets, and
| ParallelR (included in the Enterprise edition), which can take advantage of
| multi-processor systems and clusters for large data crunching tasks. R
| itself, and REvolution's versions, are being embraced in a number of fields,
| with a number of innovative new applications arriving.


SAS Warms to Open-Source One Letter at a Time

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| âR is a leading language for developing new statistical methods,â Bob
| Rodriguez, the senior director for statistical development at SAS, said in
| the notice. âOur new Ph.D. developers learned R in their graduate programs
| and are quite versed in it.â
| The company looks to add more R support into its software as soon as next
| year.
| While limited for the moment, SASâs support may be enough to open the company
| up more to the R discussion and developers in the future.


Science and KDE: rkward

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| rkward is a nice frontend for the R programming language, which adds a GUI
| with the power of KDE to R. Unfortunately the program is still somewhat
| unstable (also shown by a warning when you run it) and its main developer has
| currently very little time to work on it. In case you may want to help, you
| can hop to the rkward-devel mailing list.


Data Analysts Captivated by Râs Power

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| It is also free. R is an open-source program, and its popularity reflects a
| shift in the type of software used inside corporations. Open-source software
| is free for anyone to use and modify. I.B.M., Hewlett-Packard and Dell make
| billions of dollars a year selling servers that run the open-source Linux
| operating system, which competes with Windows from Microsoft. Most Web sites
| are displayed using an open-source application called Apache, and companies
| increasingly rely on the open-source MySQL database to store their critical
| information. Many people view the end results of all this technology via the
| Firefox Web browser, also open-source software.



R: A (Statistically) Significant Language

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| When people talk about big, successful open-source projects, they often think
| about software that can be used in large organizations. So we hear a great
| deal about the Linux operating system, the MySQL database, and even Ruby on
| Rails as a framework for developing Web applications.

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