Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 13:02:08 -0500
Reply-To: "Michael L. Davis" <michael@BASSETTCONSULTING.COM>
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From: "Michael L. Davis" <michael@BASSETTCONSULTING.COM>
Subject: Re: Mac OS X and SAS
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Hello Fernando and other SAS-L Friends,
There is nothing strange at all.
When I've talked to my SAS R&D buddies at SUGI, they tell me that it takes
a few million dollars (US) to port SAS to another platform. Among the
activities that must take place are platform-specific coding and tuning;
platform-specific documentation; quality assurance (no laughing!);
marketing materials; training for Tech Support and other staff. There are
probably a bunch of other activities and costs that I've overlooked.
To make the investment worthwhile for SAS, there has to be a critical mass
of people that would license SAS but only if it ran on the new
platform. We're talking commercial, not educational licenses which must be
a "loss leader" when support costs are factored in. Let's be honest. Most
of the folks that would run a native copy of SAS on Mac OS X will break
down and run it on a Windows PC. Or they will run it on a Mac via Windows
- Mad Doggy
At 12:44 PM 1/25/2002 -0500, Fernando Colina <Fernando.Colina@UMB.EDU> wrote:
>The official word from SAS is the following:
>Question: Will there be a version of SAS software that is carbon
>compliant for running under Mac OS X?
>Answer: There will not be a carbon-compliant version of SAS for Mac OS
>X, but SAS Release 6.12 continues to run as a Classic application.
>Considering that OS X runs on some very fast computers (the G4), it's
>strange for SAS to take such a stance.
>Office of Institutional Research
>University of Massachusetts Boston
Michael L. Davis
Bassett Consulting Services, Inc.
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North Haven CT 06473-3712