[R] optimal windows R machine
andy_liaw at merck.com
Wed Oct 17 16:41:24 CEST 2001
I agree with Mark about Linux, if for no other reasons than the fact that it
actually comes with the compilers needed to build R and do further code
development. Compared with doing it on Linux, compiling R from source on
Windows is not exactly a pleasure, even with the tremendous work to make it
even possible by Ripley and Mararrato.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Myatt [mailto:mark at myatt.demon.co.uk]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 5:05 AM
> To: Bob Porter
> Cc: R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [R] optimal windows R machine
> Bob Porter <rjporter at mindspring.com> writes:
> >I have the happy task of purchasing a new windows desktop
> PC. I have a
> >limited but not unreasonable budget and access to discounts
> and so forth.
> > What would be folks' suggestions of priorities and
> requirements be if I
> > use the machine for a lot of C and R based data analysis
> with large files,
> > computationally intensive, a lot of graphic display but not
> 3D animation.
> >am proposing 1GB AMD processor, 1 GB RAM, 40GB drive,
> hi-speed CDRW, 64MEG
> >video, Win XP home edition. Thoughts? I will upgrade
> software also:
> >Suggestions of C compiler package? Other "must have"
> packages compatible
> >with R?
> With the processor and memory thing should fly along. The
> video is a bit
> over specified as most 64MB cards will be optimised for 3D graphics at
> high colour depths. It will work OK but you might be better off going
> for a cheaper graphics card and spending the savings on a
> better quality
> monitor / keyboard / mouse. I have no experience with Windows XP. I
> would consider one of the Linux distributions with a small and light
> windows manager as I imagine XP will be quite an overhead.
> Mark Myatt
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