[Rd] compiling R under cygwin

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky znmeb at cesmail.net
Wed Aug 22 03:23:06 CEST 2007

Gabor Grothendieck wrote:

> Besides Cygwin and VMware there is also the coLinux kernel which is
> a native Linux kernel that runs on Windows.  I have run R with the AndLinux
> distro based on Ubuntu/coLinux/Xming on top of Windows with some success.
> It has the advantage that it runs much faster than virtual machine solutions
> (such as VMware) and it does not require special versions of R -- you can just
> use the normal Ubuntu version of R.  AndLinux is being developed (they are
> still working on the installer) but its basically usable already and they claim
> there are already 30,000 users.
> On the downside you have to start it up after starting up Windows and that
> takes some time and the installer is not finished so you have to use batch
> files to start it.   There may be some other problems associated with its
> immaturity as well.  See:
> http://www.andlinux.org/
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CoLinux is a non-starter in many corporate shops -- it violates lots of
security policies by hacking into the Windows environment. It's also
quite immature. It may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but if
the corporate police won't let you use it, it's not worth much.

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