[R] questions on local customized R distribution CD

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Tue Jun 27 14:40:32 CEST 2006

On 6/27/2006 8:05 AM, Liaw, Andy wrote:
> From: Duncan Murdoch
>> On 6/26/2006 3:14 PM, Dongseok Choi wrote:
>> > Hello all!
>> >   
>> >   I hope this is the right place to post this question.
>> >  
>> >   The Oregon Chapter of ASA is working with local high 
>> school teachers as one of its outreaching program.
>> >   We hope to use and test R as teaching tools.
>> >   So, we think that a menu system (like R commander) with a 
>> few packages and a bit simplified installation instruction 
>> need to be developed.
>> >  
>> >   The main question is:
>> > 1)
>> > Is it OK to develop a customized CD-ROM distribution of R  
>> with pre-selected packages for high school? 
>> > It will be distributed free, of course.
>> > Also, we plan to make it available from the chap web or 
>> deposit it to R-project, if requested.
>> Generally the answer is yes, but read the GPL for the 
>> conditions.  You do need to make the source code available.
> I was under the impression that telling the user how to get the source code
> would satisfy the GPL, instead of distributing the source along with the
> binary.  Is that right?

Possibly, but not necessarily.  See section 3 of the GPL, distributed in 
the COPYING file with R.

Duncan Murdoch

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