The R project, born in New Zealand in 1993, has been nominated as the best open-source project in the New Zealand Open-Source Awards 2010. R's co-creator Ross Ihaka talks about the project in this article by the New Zealand Herald:
Ross Ihaka from the University of Auckland started developing R 20 years ago, but it took off about a decade ago as the internet picked up speed. He said the university wanted to commercialise it.
“We got as far as buying a book on business and we could have gone that way and there would have been half a dozen people in Auckland using the software. Now there are thousands,” Ihaka says.
He says open sourcing it means some of the best brains on the planet help to maintain and develop it. “These guys are at a level where money is not a motivation.”
Read more at the link below and cast your vote for R (if you're in NZ, anyway – the voting page is blocked for me here in the US).
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