R-beta: Choice of Linux for R and other things

Chris Evans C.Evans at sghms.ac.uk
Sat Jul 4 19:32:03 CEST 1998

I have been lurking on the R-help list for some weeks now.  I am 
essentially a half-time research support/statistical support person 
here in the Medical School (despite misleading title below!)  I have 
recently converted to S-plus from a mixture of SAS, SPSS and 
other things and am enormously impressed and pleased by the 
new power and coherence it has given my work.  However, recent 
disasters with M$ things (notably Word97 and tables!) and some 
problems I'm hearing of with the latest releases of S-plus have 
made me think seriously of converting to R and Latex/Bibtex for my 
basic tools.  Hence a question to the list that is a little tangential to 
R itself but will lead to that!

The question is:

what version of Linux should I get for my dual Pentium Pro machine 
which is now releasing itself from NT (by NT collapsing!)?  I want 
the best and easiest platform for R, possible Xplore, LispStat, 
Latex and Bibtex.  Anyone got a strong view or any advice?

Please reply to me individually, I'll summarise to the list if anyone 
asks, you may all be above this!

Best wishes and thanks in advance,


Chris Evans, Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy,
Locum Consultant to the
  Prudence Skynner Family Therapy Clinic,
St. George's Hospital Medical School, London University
C.Evans at sghms.ac.uk    http://psyctc.sghms.ac.uk/
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