[R] Ubuntu, Revolutions, R

Hans W. Borchers hwborchers at googlemail.com
Mon Oct 5 14:20:29 CEST 2009

I updated to Ubuntu 9.10 Beta yesterday, and yes I do see the same message
and I am a bit irritated.  I don't want to read these 'marketing' lines any
time I start up R.
I simply deleted the lines from "/etc/R/Rprofile.site" for now, but I am 
still wondering who put that in. Is there any deeper reason I didn't get ?

Hans Werner

gunksta wrote:
> For those who don't follow Ubuntu development carefully, the first Beta
> for the 
> next Ubuntu was recently released, so I took my home system and upgraded
> to 
> help out with filing bugs, etc. 
> Just to be clear, I am not looking for help with the upgrade process. I've
> had 
> R, and a few miscellaneous CRAN packages installed on this computer for
> years. 
> Today, when I loaded an R session I had developed before the upgrade, I
> saw 
> something new in my R "welcome message".
>>R version 2.9.2 (2009-08-24)
>>Copyright (C) 2009 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
>>ISBN 3-900051-07-0
>>R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
>>You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
>>Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.
>>R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
>>Type 'contributors()' for more information and
>>'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.
>>This is REvolution R version 3.0.0:
>>the optimized distribution of R from REvolution Computing.
>>REvolution R enhancements Copyright (C) REvolution Computing, Inc.
>>Checking for REvolution MKL:
>  >- REvolution R enhancements not installed.
>>For improved performance and other extensions: apt-get install
> The last part, about this being the "enhanced" version of R was . . . 
> unexpected.  I have heard of this company before and now I've spent some
> time 
> on their website. Looking at my installation, Ubuntu did not install any
> of 
> the REvolution Computing components, although R now basically thows a
> warning 
> every time I start it.
> My question(s) for the community is this (pick any question(s) you like to 
> answer: 
>         Should I install the REvolution Computing packages? 
>         Do these packages really make R faster? 
>         Are these packages stable? 
>         What are your experiences with REvolution Computing software?
> I am interested in hearing from members of the community, REvolution
> Computing 
> employees/supporters (although please ID yourself as such) and most anyone 
> else. I can see what they say on their website, but I'm interested in
> getting 
> other opinions too.
> Thanks!
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