Re: R-alpha: question 2

Z. Todd Taylor (
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 08:53:39 -0800

Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 08:53:39 -0800
From: (Z. Todd Taylor)
Subject: Re: R-alpha: question 2

Andrea Rossetti <> wrote (reformatted to
fit screen):

> 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.  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.
> TNX!

S-PLUS is not available for any Unix variant or clone that runs
on PC hardware.  That is my *primary* interest in R--to fill a
major void that forces me to buy expensive hardware to maintain
both the rich Unix working environment and the analytical
capabilities of S.

S-PLUS *is* available for Windows, but then you lose the power
of Unix.

Z. Todd Taylor
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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