[R] Switching to Mac, suggestions? (was switching to linux)

Jari Oksanen jari.oksanen at oulu.fi
Mon Dec 13 19:47:53 CET 2004

On 13 Dec 2004, at 19:53, doktora v wrote:

> I'm looking to switch to Mac platform. Anyone had any experience
> with that? I'm expecting on a power G4 laptop later this week.... hope
> R behaves...

I have been a Linux user since 1999, and I got my first ever Mac (iBook 
G4 laptop) last December. There is just as little to comment on MacOS X 
as there is to comment on flavours of Linux distros: there is no large 
difference as regards to R. I still prefer emacs & ess as a shell (but 
you can get some kind of real emacs in Mac as well), but MacOS X/ R is 
more of an eye candy (though I find it really hard to get any real use 
for transparent windows in R: I still prefer to see what I type instead 
of looking the background through the text). As regards to R, it is 
just the same if you have any brand of Linux or MacOS X or even a 
fringe system like Windows. The differences are somewhere else than in 

By the way, Ubuntu "GNU"/Linux works nicely in Mac, with blas who knows 
about the vector processor in G4.

cheers, jazza
Jari Oksanen, Oulu, Finland

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