[R] from XPPro to Linux what distribution to use for R ?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Nov 10 15:46:48 CET 2007

On Sat, 10 Nov 2007, phguardiol at aol.com wrote:

> Dear R users
> I m planning to move to Linux to use R (currently under Win XPPro on a 32bit PC with 4 Go RAM), I have 2 questions:

> - is there a recommended "version/distribution" of Linux to run?R and 
> Bioconductor packages: Fedora ? Ubuntu ? Suse ? Debian ?

Any of those.  I'd say the main reasons for choosing a Linux distribution 
should be the availability of support first and individual preference 
second.  There are so many distributions just because none is best for 

> - Regarding Fedora, I see that now it is version 8 available on the web, 
> but on R website I can only see R Fedora 7 version (no F8); so?does R 
> for Fedora 7 work with Fedora 8 ?

F8 was released on Thursday: it has R RPMs available as part of Fedora. 
You can also build from the sources.  I expect RPMs will arrive on CRAN in 
a few days, but there are a few issues that might delay them (one is
reported in this thread

Although there are binaries on CRAN for several distributions, they are 
also to found on some of the distributions' own repositories and 

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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