[R] Power PC with a linux distribution and R

Adam D. I. Kramer adik-rhelp at ilovebacon.org
Sat Sep 13 00:31:22 CEST 2008

Hi El,

As does my PowerBook G4 with 2GB of RAM. The iBook shipped with 256MB,
however, which Leopard does not run well on. My point was more that Linux
was superior to MacOS in the case of very low memory...not that the chip was
somehow the problem.

...but now I am solidly off-topic!


On Sat, 13 Sep 2008, Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:

> Adam,
> I (or rather the kids and the wife) got two iMinis and one iBook
> with G4. They all run 10.5.4 happily on their 1GB of RAM...
> greetings, el
> On 12 Sep 2008, at 23:43 , Adam D. I. Kramer wrote:
>> To Stephen's credit, Apple will no longer support PowerPC chips (such as 
>> his
>> G4) in the next operating system (Snow Leopard), so some sort of switchover
>> will be necessary in order to maintain SOME sort of state-of-the-art
>> software packaging for PPC-based Mac users in the near future.
>> Also, it is important to note that Leopard on a G4 iBook would probably run
>> disgustingly (read: unusably) slow unless the memory is upgraded: It 
>> shipped
>> with 256MB of RAM (and that money would be better saved for a new 
>> computer),
>> and Leopard (on my Macbook Pro) is currently using about 700MB for the
>> operating system. Switching to linux and X-windows allows for an old system
>> to be, in a word, functional.
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