After many years of annual vows to switch from MS-Windows to Linux (which I usually describe to myself as as switching "to a real operating system") and hesitating out of fear of the learning curve, I am now planning to set up my computer for a dual boot to Windows or Linux as insurance. The main thing I am now planning to do under Linux, besides learning how to use Linux, is running R and RStudio. (I note that for an R package to be shared on Cran it must be tested under at least two operating systems). Given that this is my use case, is there any Linux distribution that offers any special advantage in working with RStudio or R? Or with RStudio Server, maybe? I don't run RStudio Server now, but I'd like to eventually, in the short term as the easiest route to running it on my Android tablets (via browser). Alternatively, is there any distribution that has caused problems with R or RStudio?
In the event that multiple distributions are equally good for my stated purpose, I would welcome thoughts from experienced Linux users about distributions that are more advantageous to a new user. Directly to me at TowardVictory@gmail.com, as I think such comments are off-topic on this list.
I have a philosophic preference for commands and controls and options that are visible on-screen, so it is possible to find them rather than remember them).
“I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent.". —Sherlock Holmes