Free Software

In an effort to remain competitive in the face of powerful and free tools like R and Python, SAS has recently released a free University Edition, which runs on virtualization software (e.g. Oracle’s VirtualBox).

Along with Base SAS, University Edition includes SAS/STAT and SAS/IML, thus making it fairly well-equipped for advanced users.

Will it stave off what seems like the inevitable demise of big, expensive, and proprietary statistical analysis software systems?

We’ll see…