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Re: A new FrontEnd
On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:48:28 AM UTC-6, djmpark wrote: > The problem is that everyone that should have Mathematica doesn't have it. > > If they did, the economy of scale would probably reduce the price to a > > pretty reasonable level. In Canada the Province of Ontario (If I remember > > correctly) buys a copy of Geometer's Sketchpad for all secondary and college > > students. If our country did less bragging and actually cared about > > technical capability they might consider something similar with Mathematica. > > I know many will raise objections to a proprietary technology becoming > > "universal", but if the technical community can embrace the proprietary > > Adobe PDF as a widespread publication medium I don't see why they can't also > > embrace WRI technology as a widespread alternative medium (and MUCH > > superior). There's a huge difference between PDF and Mathematica. The PDF format patents are technically owned by Adobe Systems, but PDF is a freely licensed open international standard. Mathematica formats are closed, proprietary and nonstandard. WRI is a monopoly within the Mathematica universe. That's not a problem for me as a small business owner: Mathematica is actually rather inexpensive compared to other specialized technical software, but a government has to deal with moral hazards that don't affect a private business.