[Rd] Re: [R-SIG-Mac] R version on gifi

Don MacQueen macq at llnl.gov
Tue Jun 17 09:12:57 MEST 2003

At 6:27 AM -0700 6/17/03, A.J. Rossini wrote:
>Simon Urbanek <Simon.Urbanek at math.uni-augsburg.de> writes:
>>  On Monday, June 16, 2003, at 08:45  PM, Don MacQueen wrote:
>>>  Can you give specific and substantive reasons why fink should be
>>>  avoided?
>>  Jan already listed the main technical reasons why it is indeed a very
>>  good idea. Apart from that, fink is not an official package and was
>>  only meant as a temporary solution for people who need a (no matter
>>  how ugly) way to run existing unix programs on OS X. Hardly any real
>>  OS X user has installed fink (especially since Jaguar is out). Fink
>>  was great during the first couple of months when native OS X ports
>>  were hardly existent, but is now obsolete for mainstream OS X use.
>I think completely agree with Simon here.  MacOSX is great for folks
>that like the good things in life, but for chumps who just want a Unix
>variant, run a PPC Unix (linux or *bsd or the like).  There are just
>enough differences to create user-interface stress, depending on the
>particular system configuration...

Then there are those of us who "want it all", by which I mean both 
the goodness of native OS X (desktop apps and all), and _also_ the 
unix side, in a single box.

>(of course, I'm one of those who has been using a unix variant for
>almost 20 years now, and with the onset of senility, that isn't going
>to change).

Make it 15 years for me...

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