[R] What version to choose...

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at pubhealth.ku.dk
Mon Feb 12 20:56:27 CET 2001

Christine Bieri <cbieri at med.mcgill.ca> writes:

> Hello,
> My statistical group would like to get R up and running.  Right now, we're 
> deciding between putting it on a Solaris 2.6 Ultra 10 station or a Win2K 
> server Intel box.
>  From what I can tell about the package from the on-line documentation, it 
> seems that the unix version would be the better one to go with - however, 
> it does seem as though it would be better on a Linux box.  As for using it, 
> the users have a mixed bunch of Ultra10's and PC's from which they can all 
> X-window to the Solaris box or access the NT server.
> Which way to you recommend going?

Depends to some extent on what people plan to use it for. The Windows
version has menus and other GUI elements, but is a pain to develop
extension packages for. Vice versa with Unix plus that it integrates
with all the usual Unix tools. Installing on Solaris is quite easy if
you have the "standard" Open Source utilities (gcc, g77, gmake, perl -
did I forget one?), and Windows is trivial. Why not both?

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