Re: [R] R + Linux

From: Abhijit Dasgupta <adasgupt_at_mail.jci.tju.edu>
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 17:22:01 -0400

I've had R on an Ubuntu system for about 18 months now, and getting R up and running was a breeze. (I didn't realize it earlier, but Dirk certainly gets my vote of thanks for his efforts in making this process as easy as it is). Specially in terms of dependencies and the like, the Ubuntu packaging system has made things specially easy. I've also had the experience of installing R on a RedHat Enterprise System on a new server at university, and the dependencies issues was much more problematic (albeit, I wasn't allowed to use yum because of the way our IT people had set it up), specially at the compiler level. Just my limited experience in this area. In any case, I'm not going back to Windows now if not forced; I've been quite happy with my experience in the Linux world.

Abhijit

Markus Jäntti wrote:
> I have both Debian, Ubuntu, RedHat and CentOS systems, and primary run R
> on the Debian and RedHat machines. I have encountered few problems
> running R on RedHat/CentOS, but I do think the Debian/Ubuntu package
> management system, combined with the kind provision of packages, makes
> life a lot simpler. (Yes, many thanks to Dirk!).
>
> Also, the ease of installing and maintaining among with the highly
> useful user forums of Ubuntu would lead me to recommend that particular
> distribution.
>
> Regards,
>
> Markus
>
> On Fri, 2008-06-06 at 14:13 -0400, 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.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Steven
>>
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