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The purpose of this project is to organize the effort to create an RPM repository 1 for CRAN and BioConductor, which are both components of the statistical analysis program called R.

I'm sure its possible to summarize the project more concisely, but the above will have to do for the time being!

"R ... it's hard to overvalue it" - Daryl Pregibon, Google research scientist 2 The most important tool that we bring to this task is 'R2spec' that can be used to generate an RPM 'spec' file from a CRAN or BioConductor package.


R is a very useful, popular and free statistical programming language. Its use in bioinformatics and biology is rapidly growing. BioConductor is the closest thing to a 'Bio-R' project that exists. By packaging CRAN and BioConductor into an RPM repository we hope to:

   * Improve the ability of system administrators to manage their bioinformatics Linux boxes
   * Give users easier access to the wealth of tools available. 

Other 'BioRPM' or 'BioLinux' projects

There have been several, and we aim to list them all here:

   * BioLinux.Org
   * Bio-Linux.Net
   * BIOrpms
   * BioBrew
   * Open Discovery An Integrated Bioinformatics Linux Distribution.
   * DNALinux A Linux solution for Bioinformatics. 

More details to add above. See [1]!

Project status

The project has only just been launched on Bioinformatics.Org, but it has been in motion for some time now. Mailing lists, webpage links, etc.

For the time being, check the project Proj:r-repo/todo list.

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