Re: [R] R + Linux

From: Kevin E. Thorpe <>
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 16:18:23 -0400

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 <> 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:  Tel: 416.864.5776  Fax: 416.864.6057

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