Re: R-beta: R rules!

Paul Gilbert (pgilbert@bank-banque-canada.ca)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 12:57:08 -0400


Message-Id: <97Oct23.130220edt.26516@mailgate.bank-banque-canada.ca>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 12:57:08 -0400
From: Paul Gilbert <pgilbert@bank-banque-canada.ca>
To: "r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch" <r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch>
Subject: Re: R-beta: R rules!

> You might want to suggest to your tech services people that they look
> at the RedHat or Debian distributions of Linux.  Slackware is pretty
> ancient and not the greatest quality.  Those who have used several
> different distributions generally feel that the package maintenance
> systems on both RedHat and Debian are superior to that on Slackware.

 Having just gone through a conversion from Slackware to RedHat I am not so sure
that "tech services people" would necessarily agree with this assessment. RedHat
has a very nice "end user" installation procedure (but you still have to be a
fairly techie end user) starting to approach the simplicty of a Windows install.
If you only have one machine, and especially if it is not connected to a
network, then RedHat (or Debian) is probably a clear winner over Slackware. But
if you're supporting a lot of systems I think it may have some disadvantages. I
haven't used RedHat very long yet, but I can already see a few things I think
would be a problem if I was trying to support a network larger than the few
machines I have at home. The reason is not so much that Slackware is good, but
more that you don't really use it after you get one machine set up. I'm not
really sure how easy that is with RedHat.

Paul Gilbert

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