Palissade (stats) software only works with Windows

Actual is not normal (a tribute to Edward Tufte)On Friday, we’ll have our first course of Statistics. Everything is fine: we received an extensive course outline, some exercises, a book will be provided (it already appeared in Sarah’s blog, last year), … all that is fine.

The course outline also mentions that one needs to install Palissade DecisionTools Suite (for free, fortunately – it costs nearly 2,500.00 € for a license!). For those fortunate souls who are not working with MS-Windows, you have no luck: Palissade software is not working neither with Mac (not natively) nor with Linux (not at all). Althoug they answer very fast, the technical support from Palissade could only direct me to their knowledgebase where an article explains the compatibility (and some workarounds) of their products. Forewarned is forearmed.

(I also wonder if one needs Admin rights on the computer in order to install the Suite – it may cause trouble to some of us with corporate laptops)

Photo credits: Actual is not normal by Kevin Dooley on Flickr (license CC-by)

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