[R] "Best" Out of box Linux distro for R

Marc Feldesman feldesmanm at pdx.edu
Wed Jul 3 22:44:10 CEST 2002

At the risk of starting a holy war, I'd like opinions on the "best" current 
Linux distribution to run "out of box" with current versions of R.  I note 
rpms for various versions of RedHat, SUSE, Mandrake, and Debian.  I've had 
experience with RH 7.1 & 7.2 and it hasn't been entirely pretty.  I 
understand that 7.3 is a bit "better", but have also read that SUSE 8 may 
be the most "complete".  I've also read of difficulties people have had 
installing (compiling, linking, running?) R with current Debian 

Since I have access to any of these distributions fairly inexpensively, I'm 
seeking opinions from experienced users on which they've found to be the 
"easiest" to use with R.  In particular, which versions come with all the 
necessary compilation and linking tools as part of the standard 
installation?  Which versions require updated tools?

Any advice/opinions welcome.  If this is off-topic, feel free to email me b/c.


Dr. Marc R. Feldesman
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