[R] including R in the SuSE Linux distribution

Chris Russell crussell at qins.edu.au
Mon Mar 20 00:22:55 CET 2000

Hi John.

At 12:03 am 19/03/2000 +0000, you wrote:
>On Sat, 18 Mar 2000, Faheem Mitha wrote:
>> So, to summarise, if you use SuSE and feel R and/or ESS should be included
>> in the distribution, consider writing directly to SuSE ...
>While sympathising in general with the point I am not sure whether asking
>the Linux distributors to bundle every bit of potentially useful software
>in their distos is right.  Where do they stop?  Even CDs have their
>Both Linux and R move and develop very rapidly.  While it is relatively
>easy to update R (say) by just replacing the RPMs and maybe the libraries,
>updating Linux is something that most people only do when they really have
>to ...

Can't agree with you more with regards to the fact there is only 640MB
still on a CD.  We use SuSE here at our college in Australia (it probably
represents 20% of the Linux usage in Australia against 60% Redhat) but we
made the choice to go with SuSE (after been a Slackware campus since early
90's) because of the RPM's and type of *scientific* software that just
works.  We still have Fortran programmers here ;-) right through to people
doing stats and parallel processing work.  This is preceisely the sort of
encouragment and info the SuSE  crowd need!

I don't see that a good stats package is any different to having a good
database package (like mySQL), and good programming languages and support
that work first go!!  I'm sure gamer's would use the same logic ;-)

Anyway I'm sure the delightful people at SuSE were just waiting for a
"real" version (1.0.0) to put it on ;-).  After all, even Albrecht Gebhardt
in Austria only posted his RPM's a couple of weeks ago (I was there within

I think that's enough ranting/raving for one monday morning!



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