[Bioc-devel] R 3.3 for snow leopard

Nicolas Delhomme nicolas.delhomme at umu.se
Fri Apr 17 23:25:29 CEST 2015

Hej Leonardo,

I had the same doubts when Maverick came out, but eventually went for it. Since then, I have been running R and RStudio on OSX Yosemite - since Yosemite got out - and never had any problems. There are been some issues originally with Maverick but these are history. You might need to install some of the additional libs detailed at http://r.research.att.com/ depending on the packages you want to use and you will need XCode to be installed but that's it really. 

What you need to be aware of, though, is if your Mac does not have an SDD drive but a classic harddrive you might experience a performance drop and at times very annoying lags after moving to Maverick or Yosemite. The performances of my older Mac (MacBook Pro from 2009 with an HDD) have significantly deteriorated since upgrading from Snow Leopard to Maverick to Yosemite. So much that I have/am considered/considering downgrading it. This is mere speculation, but I guess the newer OSX have not been developed and tested for "classic" harddrives, so I'm afraid that this situation is not going to improve.



Nicolas Delhomme

The Street Lab
Department of Plant Physiology
Umeå Plant Science Center

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Email: nicolas.delhomme at umu.se
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Umeå S-901 87 Sweden

> On 17 Apr 2015, at 21:47, Dan Tenenbaum <dtenenba at fredhutch.org> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Leonardo Collado Torres" <lcollado at jhu.edu>
>> To: bioc-devel at r-project.org
>> Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 12:43:12 PM
>> Subject: [Bioc-devel] R 3.3 for snow leopard
>> Hi,
>> This is not BioC related, but should hopefully be quick.
>> According to
>> http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/r-devel/R-admin.html#Installing-R-under-OS-X
>> "there may be a separate installer package, R-3.3.0-snowleopard.pkg".
>> I'm
>> not seeing any at http://r.research.att.com/. Has anyone heard if
>> they'll
>> keep supporting snowleopard?
> Don't draw any conclusions from this; I think it just isn't available yet. Note that R-3.2.0 is not yet available for either Mac platform. 
> Dan
>> If not, I guess it's finally time to upgrade to Mavericks or
>> Yosemite: do
>> you recommend any version in particular? If anyone has a list of tips
>> for
>> upgrading, it'd be great if you can share them.
>> Thanks,
>> Leo
>> PS Some older threads of initial problems with Mavericks. I guess
>> that
>> there might be other problems with Yosemite.
>> * https://hopstat.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/mavericks-and-rstudio/
>> *
>> http://blog.rstudio.org/2013/11/12/rstudio-os-x-mavericks-issues-resolved/
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