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Steve and I discussed his problems with QTest, a closed-source…
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Steve and I discussed his problems with QTest, a closed-source program he uses in his research. He's given the developers so many and such difficult-to-resolve bug reports that they have now given him access to the source code ("Here, you fix it," as Steve noted). I pointed out that this implies that the developers trust Steve not to steal the code and distribute it or repackage it in a new commercial distribution (STest?). Steve enjoyed my suggestion. "Quantum chemistry software for the masses!" he exclaimed.