R-beta: R FAQ

Kurt Hornik hornik at ci.tuwien.ac.at
Mon Oct 13 14:08:02 CEST 1997

There have recently been several postings etc that the R FAQ provides
incorrect information.  What really is the case is that the info is
OUTDATED.  The FAQ is for version 0.49, as more or less explicitly
stated in 2.3, ``What is the Current Version of R?''.

The sort-of current Unix version of R, 0.50-a4, was meant as an alpha
version (hence the a4) rather than a full release.  By the time 0.50
could have come out, several major changes were ready for merging into
the the distribution, and we decided to put out the interim version and
incorporate the changes right away.

Unfortunately, I had already gone ahead updating the FAQ to reflect
these changes, and did not feel like undoing them and keeping 2 FAQ
versions for some time.

In any case, the new 0.60 should be released in the very near future,
and an updated version of the FAQ along with it.

Future versions of the FAQ will also have a version number which
reflects the R version number the FAQ is for.

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