Re: R-alpha: question 2

Kurt Hornik (
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 17:10:56 +0100

Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 17:10:56 +0100
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From: Kurt Hornik <>
To: Andrea Rossetti <>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: question 2
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>>>>> Andrea Rossetti writes:

> I would like to know if and when an up-to-date version that works
> under Windows 95 of R is available.

> In fact I have noticed that the R Alpha-Test version (for win3.1
> Copyright (C) 1995 Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka) available by ftp
> is a very old version with few libraries of statistical functions,
> while the UNIX version has been continually up-to-dated.

> I would like to know also if the development of a good version of R
> working under windows 95 is wished by the programmers.

>From what I've heard, the next Unix version will be numbered 0.5, and
with luck the windows version will also be 0.5.

Current versions of windows and mac are pre-alpha.

> In my opinion, it would be more interesting to develop R for PC (W95)
> rather than for UNIX, because for this last one S-PLUS already exists,
> and all the institutions working under UNIX, use it. On the contrary,
> R could be used at home too.

Ignoring for the moment that R is the cleaner and faster product, S-PLUS
(as least version 3.x) does not support all Unix platforms (notably
Linux), whereas on the contrary, you can use R at home AND at work if
you have Linux everywhere.

Hmm ...

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