Ultimate Linux Box (was RE: [R] optimal windows R machine)
andy_liaw at merck.com
Thu Oct 18 21:29:15 CEST 2001
Well, maybe this is sort of related...
Eric Raymond has written an article for the Linux Journal on how to build an
Ultimate Linux Box. You can find the whole thing at
The machine is said to compile the Linux 2.4.9 kernel in 1 min. 50 sec. I
wonder how long it might take to build R on this beast...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Liaw, Andy [mailto:andy_liaw at merck.com]
> Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2001 9:16 AM
> To: R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: RE: [R] optimal windows R machine
> We did try VMware on one of our Linux boxes (dual P3 866 Xeon with 2GB
> RDRAM). It was unbearably slow!
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Prof Brian Ripley [mailto:ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk]
> > Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2001 5:10 AM
> > To: Agustin Lobo
> > Cc: R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> > Subject: Re: [R] optimal windows R machine
> > On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Agustin Lobo wrote:
> > >
> > > Another alternative is using VMware for switching between
> > > Windows and Linux with no reboot. You can even have both the
> > > dual boot and the VMWare acces to Windows from within Linux.
> > > See http://www.vmware.com/support/ws3/doc/ws30_disks4.html
> > Have you tried that yourself? You get a very slow Windows machine.
> > Win4lin is faster, but you only get a Windows 98 emulation.
> > Everyone I
> > know who has tried those routes has abandoned them, and
> > either reboots or
> > has a second main box, one for each OS, and switches between them.
> > I reboot: it takes about a minute.
> > --
> > Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
> > Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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