R-beta: help in rsept

Paul Gilbert pgilbert at bank-banque-canada.ca
Tue Jan 27 21:52:09 CET 1998

>However, the changes
>to R over the past 3 months are very substantial and I doubt that
>The Windows and Mac versions often lag well behind Unix


In a previous message I suggested getting everyone to convert to Win95 or Linux
only partly in jest. It has often occurred to me that your plan to support so
many operating environments is very ambitious, and I always hoped that it was
because of some magic in the underlying code.

My guess is that Window 3.1 will almost disappear within two years, so you're
efforts to support that are for a very short return. I realize that there may be
a lot of classroom labs out there, where people are running Windows 3.1 on old
386s with not much memory, but one really should be looking at Linux for that
situation. The performance appears to be much better, and the speed with which
Linux is moving into the mainstream, at least in North America, is truely

Of course, Win95 and Mac become more religous questions, but Linux does run on
these machines, so people can have the most current version of R if they want.

Paul Gilbert

P.S. You get lots of credit from the user community. (If we should cc our vote
of thanks to some other address please let us know.).

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