These are chat archives for BIDS-collaborative/hackingmeasurement.github.io

26th
Oct 2015
Vivek Hutheesing
@vhutheesing
Oct 26 2015 03:56
@/all Hi everyone. I have never used R Studio before, so see my message to Dav above. I want to download and start playing with it, but can anyone advise me here? I'm planning on downloading the desktop environment first, but have a PC with a 64-bit, Windows 7 operating environment. There seem to be so many cautionary notes that i'm little nervous since I have little experience with open source software. Is there any reason for me to be concerned, or should i just go for it and click the link that says Download R for Windows on this page: https://cran.rstudio.com/
Juan Shishido
@juanshishido
Oct 26 2015 08:53

@vhutheesing I can't advise on Windows, but I have not had any problems on OS X.

In terms of free and open source software (FOSS), as with any software, you should think about who the authors are and whether you trust them. I say this because your comment indicated, to me at least, that there is trepidation on your part with respect to FOSS. I can't say whether FOSS or proprietary is better (how do we define that, anyway?), but I'm sure any of us can think of several examples of either being really good or really bad.

Others, please feel free to comment and add or correct anything I've said above.

Let us know whether you decide to go forth with R Studio!

Dav Clark
@davclark
Oct 26 2015 14:35
I've had much better experience getting bugs fixed in R than in Matlab, for example. Many companies contribute to R, and RStudio is developed by a profitable company.
The desktop approach is the way to go, as its less complicated. Collaboration is facilitated by a shared database and code in github. All code should go in version control!
Juan Shishido
@juanshishido
Oct 26 2015 16:40
Vivek Hutheesing
@vhutheesing
Oct 26 2015 23:22
@juanshishido @davclark Thank you both. I went with the desktop approach - good guess - and certainly trust the authors of R and R Studio. My concern stemmed more from the ton of documentation I read for downloading and installing the software - lots of do's and don'ts - but it seems to have worked fine on my old laptop so while here at BIDS, I'm ready to download it now on my newer laptop, which has a 64-bit Windows 7 operating system.