[R] What version to choose...

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky znmeb at aracnet.com
Tue Feb 13 00:44:09 CET 2001

On 12 Feb 2001, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:

> 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.
> >
> 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?

I am currently using R 1.2.1 on both Windows 2000 Professional and Red Hat
Linux 7.0. I like the Windows 2000 GUI better than the X-Windows/KDE GUI, and
I haven't experienced extension development, so I can't comment there. I would
say "do both", but if you can only support one, pick the Windows version.

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