> the cran.R-project.org repository I have no clue who/what org runs
> so I dont add it unless you trust that person/org, also you dont
> need acroread or R from that repository as gutsy has those two
> packages available from its repos, also
I will recheck this for 7.10, but 7.04 either didn't have R at all or
didn't have a recent one. As Ben said, R is mainstream for Stats folks.
> imho you dont actually need acroread since evince the default pdf
> reader is more than capable.
One of our beta testers had a specific and common situation where
acroread performed much better than evince. I suspect it was reading
scanned pages from Jstor, possibly moving backwards in page order.
> the other three repos you may or maynot need, canonicals commercial
> repository only includes things like opera, vmware etc.
One of our beta testers wanted to check out Opera.
> Also re: scripts that install stuff, try to read through the script
> and just install it yourself instead of letting the script do it so
> that you know whats going on and what packages you just installed.
Our incoming user base is very Windows-centric. We feel we do the
students a service by reducing their barrier to Linux adoption as much
as we can. Get them using Linux now, and in a year when they reach
for a shell script they will find it under their hand.