Policy on major R version upgrades in brightRserver

Note that the R version on the brightRserver is:

R version 3.6.3 (2020-02-29) -- "Holding the Windsock"
Copyright (C) 2020 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)

You can not change or update the R version in use on brightRserver.

The recent history of major releases of R is a new major release every April. Here is a summary of the past few years of R releases:

R 4.0.3 (October, 2020)
R 4.0.2 (June, 2020)
R 4.0.1 (June, 2020)
R 4.0.0 (April, 2020)
R 3.6.3 (February, 2020)
R 3.6.2 (December, 2019)
R 3.6.1 (July, 2019)
R 3.6.0 (April, 2019)
R 3.5.3 (March, 2019)
R 3.5.2 (December, 2018)
R 3.5.1 (July, 2018)
R 3.5.0 (April, 2018)
R 3.4.4 (March, 2018)
R 3.4.3 (November, 2017)
R 3.4.2 (September, 2017)
R 3.4.1 (June, 2017)
R 3.4.0 (April, 2017)
R 3.3.3 (March, 2017)
R 3.3.2 (October, 2016)
R 3.3.1 (June, 2016)
R 3.3.0 (April, 2016)

Our policy is to upgrade the R version in use on brightRserver to the last sub-release of each major version (3.6.3, 4.0.3) AFTER the next major release occurs. The rationale for this approach has a lot to do with the thousands of packages that are vital to your brightRserver experience.  Allowing time for the major R releases to go through all subreleases and allowing as many packages as possible to be updated are much of the rationale. Additionally, by only updating R once per year or so on brightRserver, it will help provide greater stability and confidence that as many stability, performance or other issues are avoided in your experience using our products.

Article created: brightRserver Version 1.0.0