Re: Missionaries of the GNU Testament (was Re: ITP ptolemy?)
From: Craig Sanders <email@example.com>
# On Tue, Jun 19, 2001 at 11:56:24AM +0200, David N. Welton wrote:
# > Sounds like an idea for a niche free software business -
# > training/mentoring/auditing and consulting in general for scientists
# > who need help...
# possibly....except for one small detail. most science is done on very
# limited budgets - when given the choice between paying for programming
# and buying the shiny new thingamatron that they need, the scientist will
# never fail to remember that they have access to undergraduates who can
# be made to program.
Maybe not a detail : the price of a thingamatron + assistance from
programming professionals is probably not so different from that of a
few -say- "matlab" licences. Replace "matlab" by gnu "octave" (or
other freely available tools) and the budget seems to expand.