R-beta: help in rsept

Robert Gentleman rgentlem at stat.auckland.ac.nz
Tue Jan 27 19:50:44 CET 1998

I guess I can't duck this issue any more. For a variety of reasons I
have not been able to get R for Windows updated. There is a better
than 50% chance that I will not do so before the end of Feb. (this
is important because classes start after that and I will have even
less time). 

I will be spending much of the next three weeks trying to get a port
done and if it goes well then I will release it. However, the changes
to R over the past 3 months are very substantial and I doubt that
three weeks (1/2 time) will be enough to achieve a reasonable

On to Ron's problem. Unfortunately R recieves no funds and hence we cannot
really develop it at the speed we would like to. The Windows and Mac
versions often lag well behind Unix (sometimes years as is currently
the case with the Mac version). Anyone developing software for their
students is advised to use the version of R for development that they
intend to have their students use. While Ross, myself and the entire
development team put a large amount of effort in to R development
it will never be enough. We don't want people to have bad experiences
but there are limits to our abilities and available time.
Please remember that we get almost no credit and no remuneration for
out activities in this area.

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