[R] general questions about R on debian/powerpc

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Mon Jul 5 11:35:59 CEST 2004

I ran Debian/PPC for about a year, 1-2 years ago -- it worked fine at
that point, on a G3 iBook.

Of course, you get  weird looks with MacOS / Linux dual boots, but
that's different than whether it functions.

I switched back to intel-based hardware because it was cheaper and
faster, not necessarily better.


Tamas Papp <tpapp at axelero.hu> writes:

> Hi,
> I am about to but a laptop, and have narrowed the choices down to a
> Dell Latitude 600 and an Apple Powerbook G4 Aluminium (Princeton
> provides these models at a discount for grad students).
> I am biased towards the Powerbook, and would like to run Debian on it.
> I have only used debian on i386 platforms so far.  I use R quite
> frequently, so I would be interested in your experience of running R
> in debian/ppc --- are there any quirks with libraries, any packages
> that don't compile, anything that should discourage me from buying a
> powerbook or running debian on it, etc.
> I would also be interested in your experience with the speed of the
> platform.  I have never used a RISC processor before, so I don't know
> whether the claims that it delivers much more power per MHz are valid.
> Please share anything that you consider relevant.  If you think that
> it's not R-related, please send an e-mail to the either address below
> instead of the list.
> Thanks,
> Tamas
> -- 
> Tamás K. Papp
> E-mail: tpapp at axelero.hu
>         tpapp at princeton.edu
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