[R] Which Linux OS on Athlon amd64, to comfortably run R?

Thibaut Jombart jombart at biomserv.univ-lyon1.fr
Wed Dec 5 16:37:08 CET 2007

8rino-Luca Pantani wrote:

>Dear R-users.
>I eventually bought myself a new computer with the following 
>Processor AMD ATHLON 64 DUAL CORE 4000+ (socket AM2)
>Mother board ASR SK-AM2 2
>Ram Corsair Value 1 GB DDR2 800 Mhz
>I'm a newcomer to the Linux world.
>I started using it (Ubuntu 7.10 at work and FC4 on laptop) on a regular 
>basis on May.
>I must say I'm quite comfortable with it, even if I have to re-learn a 
>lot of things.  But this is not a problem, I will improve my knowledge 
>with time.
>My main problem now, is that I installed Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon on the 
>new one amd64.
>To install R on it i followed the directions found here
>but unfortunately it did not work.
>After reading some posts on the R-SIG-debian list, such as
>I immediately realize that an amd64 is not the right processor to make 
>life easy.
>Therefore I would like to know from you, how can I solve this problem:
>Should I install the i386 version of R ?
>Should I install another flavour of Linux ?
>Which one ?
>Fedora Core 7 ?
>Debian ?
>Thanks a lot, for any suggestion

I've got an Athlon 64bits 3000+ processor and Ubuntu LTS (dapper) 
installed (64 bits version) on my laptop. I do not have any problem to 
install R from the sources, as long as the correct 
libraries/compilers/etc. are installed. But it is no pain if you just 
follow what the configure script tells you (and use apt-get to install 
missing packages). I guess a common mistake is to forget to install 
"-dev" versions of packages, which sometimes contain required headers. 
However, you should not have troubles installing R on different R 
distributions, 64bits or not.

Hope this help.

Thibaut, 64bit-linux-Ruser and still alive.

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