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

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Wed Jul 3 23:09:34 CEST 2002

>>>>> "marc" == Marc Feldesman <feldesmanm at pdx.edu> writes:

    marc> At the risk of starting a holy war, I'd like opinions on the "best"

This is just like asking "what's the best statistical analysis"
without mentioning your data, what you know, and what you can do.

and no, I'm not asking you to send that to the list, either!

If you are fairly computer savvy AND the machine is on a fast
connection, go with Debian/Woody or Debian/Sid.  You'll at least find
out if you really are savvy.  "apt-get" and "dselect" are great (once
you understand them).  R is pretty up-to-date, consistent, and
coherent them.  Dirk E., who maintains them packages for Debian, is on
top of things, but currently out-of-town so won't answer for a while
(actually, he's in Seattle, on vacation :-).

Else, I don't see any generic reasons for preferring any of the RPM
based distros over another.  I do see strong specific and situational
reasons for preferring one over others.  I'm not going to go into this
any further, since it is COMPLETELY off-topic.


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