Re: [R] I am surprised (and a little irritated) [Broadcast]

From: Liaw, Andy <andy_liaw_at_merck.com>
Date: Thu 20 Apr 2006 - 05:48:56 EST


Or just go Quantian and be happy: It has R and most of CRAN and BioC packages included.

http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian.html

Andy

From: Brett Magill
>
> Better yet, forget reading the SUSE manual. For a user at your level
> who wants to begin with Linux, but also wants a system that
> "just works"
> use Ubuntu. It is Debian based with the convenient apt-get
> installation
> system and very user-friendly.
>
> Brett
>
> www.ubuntu.com
>
> Gabor Csardi wrote:
> > Tom,
> >
> > I'm irritated as well. Your email should go to some suse
> mailing list,

> > this is a suse problem, it has (almost) nothing to do with R.
> >
> > Unfortunately i can't help you (even if i wanted), because i don't
> > want to read the suse manuals. But if you want to use suse you may
> > consider reading them.
> >
> > Gabor
> >
> > On Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 09:05:22PM +0200, Tom Backer Johnsen wrote:
> >> I have started with using R on Windows, and I am really happy about
> >> the system. Now, one of my other ambitions is to learn how to use
> >> Linux, so yesterday I downloaded OpenSuse and installed that. The
> >> next problem was to try to use R with Linux. And there I met the
> >> wall. I've understood that RPM's are somewhat like installing
> >> programs on Windows, so that was downloaded and started with YAST.

> >>
> >> And got some error messages about missing stuff. The
> first reactions
> >> is surprise -- there must be an error in the installation
> procedure.
> >> I have never (well, almost) met an installation procedure
> on Windows
> >> that did not include everything needed. And the
> installation of R on
> >> Windows was very smooth. Then I discover to my big
> surprise that the
> >> readme file says that I need to have eight installed
> packages. Then
> >> it says "Most of them are included in a standard install". Sigh.
> >> Then the problem next is to find out which of the eight I
> already have
> >> and which ones I need to locate somewhere. Where can I
> find them I
> >> wonder. Somewhere on the net? And that is how far I got today.
> >>
> >> So, one of the complaints I have is that the instructions for
> >> installing R on Linux are very cryptic, and to a large
> extent assume
> >> that you already know Linux. Which I do not. And I expect
> >> instructions on installing should be simple and clear. But I am a
> >> very experienced computer user, so I really expect to be able to
> >> understand instructions. I cannot expect my students to
> manage what I
> >> cannot manage myself, so Linux is out, or at least Suse
> Linux. And
> >> that is a pity, for a number of reasons.
> >>
> >> The second is just as much surprise at the installation procedure.
> >> Under Windows there are any number of installers which
> make it easy
> >> for a programmer to put together all the files needed and
> place them
> >> in the right place.
> >>
> >> And simeone should get the OpenSuse people to include R in the
> >> installation.
> >>
> >> Tom
> >>
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> >> | Tom Backer Johnsen, Psychometrics Unit, Faculty of Psychology |
> >> | University of Bergen, Christies gt. 12, N-5015 Bergen, NORWAY |
> >> | Tel : +47-5558-9185 Fax : +47-5558-9879 |
> >> | Email : backer_at_psych.uib.no URL : http://www.galton.uib.no/ |
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