Archive for October, 2007

It’s official now… the CRAN mirror at WBUT

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Many thanks goes to Dr. Arindam “arin” Basu for managing to bring the mirror to Prof. Dr. Friedrich Leisch’s attention :-)

As part of our collaborative program for FOSS with WBUT, we had setup a CRAN mirror awhile back. As of yesterday, 26th October, 2007, it is now listed as the 2nd official CRAN (Comprehensive R Archive Network) mirror in India, and the first in eastern India.

URL of the mirror —
Hositing institution — West Bengal University of Technology,
Country — India
City — Kolkata
Update frequency — Daily at 19:35:00 UTC / 1:05 AM IST

About R R Logo

R is a system for statistical computation and graphics. It consists of a language plus a run-time environment with graphics, a debugger, access to certain system functions, and the ability to run programs
stored in script files.

R has a home page at It is free software distributed under a GNU-style copyleft, and an official part of the GNU project (”GNU S”).

R is being developed for the Unix, Windows and Mac families of operating systems.

The dichotomy of “open standards”

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

This morning Tamal-da (Sen, of WEBEL) mailed me in all urgency about his immediate trip to Berlin tonight to attend the First International ODF User Workshop in Berlin to be held on 29 - 30th Oct, 2007.

On visiting the website to check out the agenda, I was left with a bit of bad taste in the mouth. The site has been rendered as Flash movie. That’s funny, in the sense that the site claims the following :

The objective of the workshop is to create greater public-sector awareness and understanding of both the technical and policy-oriented considerations involved in migrating to an open format.

ODF Workshop and Adobe Flash

I wonder since when did Adobe Flash become exactly an “Open Standard”?