R-beta: which Linux - again

(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk
Thu Jul 16 16:22:19 CEST 1998

On 16-Jul-98 Lorenz Gygax wrote:
> I think this question has been raised very recently but I think I didn't
> see repsonses on the list nor did I find the thread in the archives.  (If
> it is there I'd appreciate directions ...) 
> I am about to install Linux on a Compaq notebook. One important thing I
> want to do is being able to run R. I have fiddled with different
> distributions of Linux (LST, SuSE, Debian) and can not really make up my
> mind for which flavour I should opt (possibly even a different one from
> those, e.g. Slackware or RedHat). 
> Any thoughts or suggestions?

In many respects there's not much to choose between them -- certainly where
using R is concerned. So you should primarily think in terms of ease or
familiarity of installation and maintenance; and in terms of what other
"goodies" you get with a distribution and which appeal to you (S.u.S.E.
has rather a lot on offer in this respect).

Where Red Hat is concerned, note that the latest release (5.1) has moved over
to the new glibc libraries for the gcc compiler (reportedly bringing Linux gcc
back into sync with GNU gcc); I don't know how this would affect installation,
compiling, or use of R. Other distributions, as far as I know, have yet to take
this step.

Hope this helps,

E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
Date: 16-Jul-98                                       Time: 15:22:19
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