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It’s official now… the CRAN mirror at WBUT

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

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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 — http://mirror.wbut.ac.in/CRAN
Hositing institution — West Bengal University of Technology,
Country — India
City — Kolkata
Update frequency — Daily at 19:35:00 UTC / 1:05 AM IST

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

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The dichotomy of “open standards”

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

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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”?