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October 29, 2010

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It's not surprising when the vendors peddle this nonsense about open source not being "industrial strength" but it's astonishing when the customers swallow it and parrot it. But you must have good experience of that from your Mathsoft days.

As a university researcher I can get SAS essentially for free and I still prefer to use R for my work that requires 'industrial strength'. In addition, we have converted most of our stat courses to R (except for first year ones, where students use mostly Excel).

This year the university renegotiated our SAS licence and obtained a much cheaper deal than before. So SAS must be hurting and will hurt a lot more when most students have gone through university learning R and not SAS. Thus, it is not surprising that they are spreading FUD.

Gandhi once said - "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

Sounds similar? :)

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