[R] Quantian 0.5.9.3 with over 400 CRAN and BioConductor packages
edd at debian.org
Fri Aug 6 06:25:12 CEST 2004
[ Apologies for the cross-post, and I hope this is seen as sufficiently
on-topic. Anybody who feels otherwise, please drop me a line off-list. ]
Earlier this week I sent out the announcement below for the newest version
of Quantian. Quantian is a bootable dvd (based off Knoppix & clusterKnoppix)
with well over 1gb of scientific, numerical or quantitative software -- and
now contains almost all CRAN and BioConductor packages . I would greatly
appreciate feedback, test reports, or suggestions. General questions are
more than welcome on the quantian-general at lists.alioth.debian.org list.
With best regards, Dirk
 Generally speaking, packages like ROracle that require special header
files are excluded, as are a few Windows-specific packages. Package with
'free only for academic research' licenses are also excluded as Quantian is
being redistributed by a few dvd / cdrom re-sellers.
Executive Summary for a quick overview:
Quantian 0.5.9.3 adds over 360 GNU R packages from the CRAN and
BioConductor archives, the GNU geda electronics design software, an almost
complete debian-med suite, the complete scalapack development suite,
atlas3 and lam development packages, fancy GL screensavers, lots of
recommended documentation packages as well as a general update of over 300
Debian packages bringing the size of the iso to over 1.5gb corresponding
to 4.4gb uncompressed.
Announcing Quantian release 0.5.9.3
I What is it?
Quantian is a remastering of Knoppix, the self-configuring and directly
bootable cdrom/dvd that turns any pc or laptop into a full-featured Linux
workstation, and clusterKnoppix, which adds support for openMosix.
However, Quantian differs from (cluster)Knoppix by adding a large set
of programs of interest to applied or theoretical workers in
quantitative or data-driven fields.
See http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian.html for more details.
II What is new?
o Third release based on Knoppix 3.4 with many changes from both new and
updated packages, still based on Knoppix 3.4 and the clusterKnoppix
release from May 10 with kernel 2.4.26 with the 'testing status'
openMosix patch as well as a non-openMosix kernel 2.6.6;
o New Quantian software includes
- way more GNU R packages generated with a modified version of a script
by Albrecht Gebhardt -- about 360 packaged are added from CRAN
and BioConductor provided unparalled depth for statistical computing
- an almost complete debian-med of everything but the cms package
(would Zope make sense for Quantian -- comments welcome!)
- the GNU geda program suite for electronics design
- the scalapack suite for parallel linear algebra (pvm, lam and mpich)
- lots of recommended documentation packages have been added
- header packages for atlas3 and lam are now included
- plus lots of fancy GL screensavers;
o Upgraded throughout against Debian testing with over 300 fresh packages;
o Total size is now over 1.5gb for the compressed iso image,
corresponding to more than 4.4gb of uncompressed software;
o A new cdrom size version of 0.5.9.2, and a small 7gb bootable cdrom
iso provided by Marco Caliari are available too;
o New download site http://quantian.alioth.debian.org is up and running;
note that the main site at U of Washington will be replaced in the
near future -- stay tuned!
o Mailing lists for Quantian up and running
Following the 0.4.9.3 release, a Quantian project was opened on
alioth.debian.org. So far the only use of the alioth infrastructure
has been the creation of two mailing lists
quantian-announce for announcements, intended to be low volume
quantian-general for general discussions about Quantian
Please go to
for subscription info etc., and start using the quantian-general lists
for general questions, comments, suggestions or discussions about
Quantian-general is subscribed to quantian-announce, so you only need
to subscribe to one (but can of course subscribe to both).
I also set the Reply-To: for this message to
quantian-general at lists.alioth.debian.org so that discussions can be
continued on the list.
o See http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian/changelog.html for details.
III Where do I get it?
Downloads are available from the two main hosts both of which also
o U of Washington:
o European mirrors, bittorrent site and cdrom vendors will hopefully
catch up over the next few days. See
for download info.
IV Known Bugs
o None right now -- so please test away!
V Other items
o Mailing lists have been created, see above.
o Feedback / poll on package additions or removal
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions about programs to be
added or removed. Existing Debian packages get pushed to the front of
Please send feedback, questions, comments, ... to the
quantian-general at lists.alioth.debian.org
list to maximise the number of eyes glancing at any one question.
Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.
-- Groucho Marx
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