[R-pkgs] Quantian 0.6.9.2 with over 500 CRAN / BioC packages
edd at debian.org
Thu Dec 2 05:40:56 CET 2004
I posted the following a little earlier on the quantian-announce list -- but
it may be of interest here as well as this version contains all (but three,
see below) packages from CRAN, and all of BioConductor.
Quantian strives to provide the easiest way to set up a very complete
scientific computing environment with a wide variety of tools -- including
R, ESS, Ggobi, almost all of CRAN, all of BioConductor, as well as openMosix
support, and many more applications -- in minutes from a bootable dvd.
Feedback is always welcome, in particular on how to communicate more
directly with specific communities which may benefit from Quantian.
(Please see note  below regarding recipients for this posting. Thanks!)
Quantian 0.6.9.2 extends the Quantian series based on Knoppix 3.6 and the
corresponding clusterKnoppix release. Over 475 new packages from CRAN and
BioConductor provide unparalleled support for statistical computing, data
analysis and graphical methods via the R environment and language.
Several new packages have been added, and numerous other packages have
been updated as well.
Announcing Quantian release 0.6.9.2
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-based
cluster computing. However, Quantian differs from (cluster)Knoppix by
adding a very 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 Second release based on Knoppix 3.6 adding
- over 500 R packages from CRAN and BioConductor (see next point)
- several new packages such as labplot, python-matplotlib,
python-gdal, subversion, tla, dia, ...
- several packages with newer upstream versions such as R 2.0.1, gretl 1.3.0,
- added most Recommended: packages for already installed packages
o The main new feature is the unique support for almost all packages from
- CRAN (http://cran.r-project.org), and
- BioConductor (http://www.bioconductor.org)
About 60 packages are installed directly as Debian packages, and 478
more are installed directly into /usr/local/lib/R/site-packages using
the mechanisms provided by R, CRAN and BioConductor (and as such, these
packages will not appear in the Debian package list).
The only missing CRAN packages are mimR (windows-only), ROracle
(requires Oracle) and seao.gui which didn't build in batch mode.
o Adding the Recommended: packages provides additional documentation,
as well as header files, which complements the installed packages.
o Total size is 2.0 gb for the compressed iso image corresponding to
almost 6 gb of uncompressed software.
o See http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian/changelog.html for details.
o See http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian/howto.html for several
short HOWTOs on booting Quantian from hd on either Windows or Linux,
booting via a bootcd (such as clusterKnoppix), or botting from a
USB memory device. Contributions, corrections, and feedback on these
HOWTOs is always appreciated.
III Where do I get it?
o Downloads are available from the main hosts already listed above, i.e.
on the West Coast at
and at the East Coast at
The most recent release is also available at
o Bittorrents are available via
o The main European mirror has already caught up:
and the second Sunsite mirror should hopefully catch up soon:
o CD/DVD vendors will probably update their offerings soon as well.
BudgetLinuxCDs.com is typically the fastest:
and CheapBytes should follow shortly:
Pointers to other vendors are always appreciated.
IV Mailing lists
o Two mailing lists exist for Quantian
quantian-announce for announcements, intended to be low volume
quantian-general for general discussions about Quantian
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).
Reply-To: for this message is quantian-general at lists.alioth.debian.org
so that discussions can be continued on the list.
V Known Bugs
o Sound does not appear to get configured on my laptops.
VI Other items
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.
o Feedback would also be appreciated on ways to better communicate with
difference scientific communities that could be interested in Quantian.
 This email is sent via the quantian-announce mailing list. I have
subscribed those whose email addresses are in my quantian mail folder
due to prior emails. The quantian-announce mailing list only sends
moderator-approved posts -- so there should be no spam whatsoever. I
also added LWN and DWN who had run previous announcements, and as
suggested, the openmosix-general, clusterknoppix and debian-knoppix
lists. Anybody who considers this unwanted is kindly asked to send me
a private mail to get unsubscribed immediately.
Best regards, Dirk
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