[R] R under Pocket PC

David Whiting david.whiting at ncl.ac.uk
Tue Nov 9 17:34:40 CET 2004

Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk> writes:

> Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:
> > On Tue, 9 Nov 2004, Lars Strand wrote:
> > 
> > > Will R run under Windows Pocket PC?
> > 
> > We don't know!
> > 
> > There are no binary versions of R for that platform, but perhaps you could 
> > find a suitable compiler and manage to build the sources.
> The PDA idea is quite interesting on all sorts of hardware.
> Unfortunately, the tools for (cross-)building software tend to be
> rather "hackish" and poorly documented. I believe people have had some
> success with the Sharp Zaurus, but that of course runs a Linux
> variant. 


If the OP has a Compaq Ipaq and does not mind using Linux it seems to
be possible to runs linux on the Ipaq and therefore it might
conceivably be able to run R.


It is interesting this has come up at this time. Two days ago I
installed Linux on a Psion 5MX (16Mb RAM) and am tickled pink by
it. Installation is easy. At the moment I only have a small
compactflash disk so I have not been able to install X windows or R
yet. It runs debian woody. Linux is installed on the CF so it is
actually a dual-boot machine---I have both the wonderful Psion
software [why did they stop making them?] and can boot into Linux when
I need it. When in Linux switching it on and off is instantaneous,
just like any ordinary PDA.

My ultimate aim is to have R, emacs, ESS and latex on it.  Today I
ordered a 1Gb CF disk and expect to get it in a week or two and I will
let you know how I get on.

Here's the howto: 

Some screenshots: (there's one with emacs about half way down the page
and octave and gnuplot at the bottom). 

David Whiting
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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