[R-SIG-Mac] Transitioning from Mac to LInux?

Hervé Pagès hp@ge@ @end|ng |rom |redhutch@org
Wed Apr 1 21:27:52 CEST 2020

My 2 cents: Just go for the inexpensive desktop + Linux. Debian-based or 
RedHat-based distros are great for developing R/Bioconductor packages. 
I've been maintaining/troubleshooting package builds on 
Linux/Windows/Mac for 15 years and Linux is **by far** the easiest 
platform to deal with. Still a mystery to me why one would choose macOS 
for developing R/Bioconductor packages.


On 4/1/20 11:48, Carl Witthoft wrote:
>   If I should ask over at r-sig-debian instead of here, please tell me. 
> I don't wish to clog r-sig-mac with off-topic stuff.
> I've been watching the massive headaches people are dealing with trying 
> to keep R fully compatible with each MacOS X upgrade,  I'm wondering 
> whether replacing my iMac (2009) with a new Mac really makes sense from 
> an R - user point of view, as opposed to getting some inexpensive 
> desktop and installing Linux.  I know I can run R and RStudio under 
> Linux, for example,  but don't know what limitations, if any there are 
> when it comes to building packages from source, getting compatible 
> compilers,  and so on.
> What have some of you 'power R users' discovered when/if you tried to 
> build , or incorporate Bioconductor or other repository's packages under 
> Linux?

Hervé Pagès

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