Re: R-alpha: question 2

Peter Dalgaard BSA (
26 Feb 1997 18:03:47 +0100

Subject: Re: R-alpha: question 2
From: Peter Dalgaard BSA <>
Date: 26 Feb 1997 18:03:47 +0100
In-Reply-To: Kurt Hornik's message of Wed, 26 Feb 1997 17:10:56 +0100
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Kurt Hornik <> writes:

> >>>>> Andrea Rossetti writes:
> > 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.

What Kurt said. There really is very little reason in our profession
*not* to use Linux on the PCs. I'd hate to have to use anything else.
Medical students is another matter, so I do have a strong interest in
getting the W95 version working.

Besides, there IS an S-Plus for Windows. Costs a lot, but it is there.

If you can live without the direct windows() device driver, it is very
easy to compile a version for W95 using cygwin.dll and the gnuwin32
toolkit. (Just use postscript(); plot(...) ; and preview
with ghostview. Once you get into complex layouts, that's what you'll
find yourself doing anyway!) There are some screwups with the readline
library, so it might be better to turn it off and run under Emacs (not
tried!). Dynamic loading won't work either, BTW.

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