[R] R + Linux

Kevin E. Thorpe kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca
Fri Jun 6 22:18:23 CEST 2008

Any of the three distros mentioned are sure to be fine.
Personally, I find the sysadmin tool in opensuse to be
fantastic for a novice.

It comes down to preference.  Try some live versions of the distros to
see what you like best.

Douglas Bates wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 1:13 PM, steven wilson <swpt07 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear all;
>> I'm planning to install Linux on my computer to run R (I'm bored of
>> W..XP). However, I haven't used Linux before and I would appreciate,
>> if possible, suggestions/comments about what could be the best option
>> install, say Fedora, Ubuntu or OpenSuse which to my impression are the
>> most popular ones (at least on the R-help lists). The computer is a PC
>> desktop with 4GB RAM and  Intel Quad-Core Xeon processor and will be
>> used only to run R.
> Ah yes, we haven't had a good flame war for a long time.  Let's start
> discussing the relative merits of various Linux distributions.  That
> should heat things up a bit.
> I can only speak about Ubuntu.  I have used it exclusively for several
> years now and find it to be superb.  In my opinion it is easy to
> install and maintain and has very good support for R (take a bow,
> Dirk).

Kevin E. Thorpe
Biostatistician/Trialist, Knowledge Translation Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
email: kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca  Tel: 416.864.5776  Fax: 416.864.6057

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