[R] Best 64-bit Linux distro for R?

krzysztof.sakrejda at gmail.com krzysztof.sakrejda at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 00:05:40 CET 2009

I'm running R on the current version of Gentoo and had no trouble building the complete system required.  The only problem is that the current version in portage (stable) is 2.7.2. 

I would be curious to hear what insightful responses you get.



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-----Original Message-----
From: Stavros Macrakis <macrakis at alum.mit.edu>

Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 17:27:10 
To: <r-help at r-project.org>
Subject: [R] Best 64-bit Linux distro for R?

The R FAQ is very helpful about installing R on various Linuxes, but doesn't
seem to discuss the advantages of one distribution over another.  I am new
to Linux (though not to Unix!), and would appreciate some guidance from
those with experience.

I plan to set up a headless Linux x86 server for the sole purpose of running
64-bit R. Are there reasons to prefer some Linux distributions over others?
I have no preference between binary and source distributions of R, as along
as they are complete, up-to-date, easy to install, and easy to update.

I would be accessing the server through my Windows desktop using Emacs/ESS.
What is the recommended way to display plots on the desktop? An X server? A
display Postscript server? Something else?

My data come out of a DBMS; do some Linux distributions have better ODBC
drivers than others?



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