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

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Sat Jul 4 23:16:12 CEST 1998

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

Not an easy question. There are both RedHat and Debian users on this list, so
I'm sure you'll get a few viewpoints.

I've been using Debian (and contributing to it) for over three years now, and
am still impressed by its power and flexibility. I upgraded four Debian
releases seamlessly during that time. Have a look at www.debian.org. Some
folks say that RedHat is easier to set up which I can't judge as I never
tried it. It's a matter of preferences and style, much like the vi vs emacs

That being said, both R and Xlispstat already come with Debian (thanks to
Douglas Bates), as well as a few other numerical goodies, and all things TeX
are provided by the teTeX packages.  I also had a look at Xplore, so I can
assure you that it runs without under Debian.

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