Time Expired Software!

Peter Rice pmr at sanger.ac.uk
Sun Jan 26 05:14:11 EST 1997

In article <A6AWmDAfwS6yEwDb at fssc.demon.co.uk> Herbert M Sauro <HSauro at fssc.demon.co.uk> writes:
>   In article <Pine.LNX.3.91.970118181615.3227A-100000-
>   100000 at house.med.und.ac.za>, "Dr. Rob Miller"
>   <rmiller at house.med.und.ac.za> writes
>   >On Fri, 17 Jan 1997, Susan Jane Hogarth wrote:
>   >mine is free (www.biochem.ucl.ac.uk), others in that lab at least make
>   >it free for academic use.  Remember that a great deal (most ?) 
>   >of bioscience software is developed with grant funding.
>   >
>   It is certainly NOT free, I and all of us pay for it through our Taxes.
>   If you were to charge then we be paying for your software twice!

Oh, if only ...

If only public money was readily available for producing public software...

Certainly in the case of EGCG (not GCG :-) the software was developed
for in-house use. The free release for academic use is so that the
programs are used by more sites and the world becomes a nicer place.

There is generally no obligation to release most academic software. Nor is
there any obligation to provide documentation and support. It is just
that academics are such nice folk :-)
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