[R] optimal windows R machine

Agustin Lobo alobo at ija.csic.es
Thu Oct 18 11:36:39 CEST 2001

On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Agustin Lobo wrote:
> > On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Tim Churches wrote:
> >
> > > Mark Myatt wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Bob Porter <rjporter at mindspring.com> writes:
> > > >
> > .../...
> > >
> > > And why not set up you machine to at least dual boot into Linux as an
> > > alternative to Windows XP?
> > >
> > > Tim Churches
> >
> > Another alternative is using VMware for switching between
> > Windows and Linux with no reboot. You can even have both the
> > dual boot and the VMWare acces to Windows from within Linux.
> > See http://www.vmware.com/support/ws3/doc/ws30_disks4.html
> Have you tried that yourself?  You get a very slow Windows machine.

I've tried the simple VMWare installation. I agree, it's slow
in particular for R. But it's a working solution
for other applications (i.e., Word) in case you use R from Linux
but need eventual access to Windows. The minimum RAM requirement is 128 Mb
> I reboot: it takes about a minute.

That's the point. In the www page that I mention you find directions
for using the same Windows installation for both rebooting (if you
need to run an application with a high requirement of resources) and
for accessing Windows from within Linux (if you just need to read
one of those  Word documents that are not correctely imported by
StartOffice, Applix,AbbiWord...). I've not tried this solution yet,
but I'll do it as soon as I get a new machine (soon, I hope). 


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