Thank you for your thoughts. One of the fine features of the current Open
Source model for Reduce is that any individual or group that wishes to
form a development team based on paid workers rather than volunteers and
who then wishes to try to extract subscriptions from users for support is
free to do so subject to the license constraints visible in the files.
Meanwhile most of what happens as regards Reduce is fully public on
Sourceforge and the fact that I am responsing now can prove to you (and
others) that there is an "information contact point"! If you have some
modules of code you wish to contribute or a bug that you have identified
(and ideally that you have a proposed fix for) please be in touch again.
On Thu, 30 May 2013, tk wrote:
> Dear Folks,
> I want to know what the true status of REDUCE is today.
> This I must ask as I see little suggesting full-time, properly paid and
> (by a dedicated REDUCE development director) employment of a group of people
> on this package.
> Neither is their any real information contact point and the only help that I
> see is
> a scantly used mailing list.
> The most recent version of your package that I may download is version 3.8
> which dates from 2004, according to its manual.
> While your package does so many things well and others adequately, I think
> that you'll agree that it needs a good makeover both in its content and user
> There is also the matter of limitations to its capabilities, an aspect we
> observe in
> several of its user-contributed packages.
> I think that if a serious upgrade is not begun soon REDUCE will be
> by its own 'satellites' : Maple, MuPad and (Heaven help us!) Mathematica for
> symbolic manipulation.
> It need hardly be said that the objectives of these organizations are quite
> from those of the core REDUCE team, especially in relation to approaches to
> mathematics education and global accessibility to educational resources.
> Obviously, such an initiative will take funding.
> But considering that so many educational institutions, state bodies and
> organizations are availing of REDUCE at present, it ought not be too
> difficult to
> persuade these users to make a modest annual contribution to its
> As I see it, even if each user organization contributed as little as $100
> each, it
> would provide a reasonable amount of development funding.
> I do not see any problem finding development staff, especially on a
> basis from large organizations, as long as their reasonable salaries can be
> met for
> the duration of the programme.
> Our world - and particularly the world of research - is becoming more and
> computational. Mathematical analysis and modelling is deployed in
> every field of science and technology today. And it is good that this is so.
> Algebraic manipulation is still as important (in some cases more so) as
> power in the study of many phenomena.
> REDUCE has led the way in providing a tool for algebra simplification in
> particle physics.
> It would be no less than right were REDUCE to be now developed and upgraded
> that it reemerges as a reliable set of tools for both algebra and other
> related tasks
> by researchers in many other areas.
> Kind Regards,