The next major release of R has been announced: R 2.14.0 is scheduled for October 31. Details are still coming in about the new features planned for this release, but R core member Luke Tierney has revealed some of the performance improvements expected, and R core member Brian Ripley has spoken of forthcoming low-level support for multi-threaded computing and a standard parallel computing library (incorporating the existing multicore and snow packages). R 2.14.0 will mark the first release in the new annual (rather than six-monthly) cycle for major releases.
Also as new policy, this update will be preceded by a patch to the current R 2.13 series, with R 2.13.2 scheduled for September 30. This update will patch a number of minor bugs (for example, pch="." will guarantee at least a 1-pixel dot, to support very high-resolution charting) and a few minor features (such as being able to accurately limit memory usage for systems with very large amounts of RAM).
As the final pachlevel of the current release of R, R 2.13.2 will also serve as the foundation for the forthcoming Revolution R Enterprise 5.0.
r-announce mailing list: R 2.14.0 scheduled for October 31, 2.13.2 for September 30