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

Patrick Connolly p_connolly at slingshot.co.nz
Wed Dec 5 20:25:54 CET 2007

On Wed, 05-Dec-2007 at 06:11PM +0100, Peter Dalgaard wrote:


|> One oddity about Ubuntu is that there are no CRAN builds for 64bit.
|> Presumably, the Debian packages work, or you can get the build
|> script and make your own build. This is not really within my
|> domain, though.

I've always used rpms (or debs for Debian-type OSes) but I install R
from source which is very easy to do.  Adding R packages with
install.packages() is also extremely easy.  If you have the 64bit OS,
it will compile R as 64 bit (enless you make some modifications to the
standard configuration).

One downside of that is that you'd be unable to use packages that have
only 32 bit versions.  One such is ASReml-R but if you never intend to
use such things, the only other consideration I can think of is the
relatively small amount of memory.  No great benefits of 64 bit
without lots of memory, but a few downsides.


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