In a recent email to the
lists, Doug Bates announced that was turning away from
lme4 and hence also
RcppEigen for which he
had been both the primary author and maintainer.
This is huge loss for the R community. I have known Doug since the 1990s. He
has been a fairly central figure around R during all those years in which I
got more and more involved with R. I have learned a lot from him, and enjoyed
the work together—initially on the Debian R package (which I took over from
him), and all the way to joint work on Rcpp and
including our JSS paper.
I am certain to miss him around R.
Now, in order to keep
within CRAN and the R ecosystem, I have offered to maintain it. A first new upload is now on
CRAN (and I also uploaded it to
Debian where I started to maintain it too
as a depedency for lme4).
I have also started to make a few minor changes such as tightening
Suggests: a little, and editing a few descriptive files. Details are in the Github repo.