[R] Best 64-bit Linux distro for R?

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Mon Feb 9 00:54:10 CET 2009

On 8 February 2009 at 18:35, Stavros Macrakis wrote:
| Thanks for your help!
| You mention amd64 -- I didn't realize that AMD and Intel were different for
| this purpose.  I will actually be installing on a VM on top of an Intel
| box.  Does that change things?

No. And they are not different. It's just how the names evolved. These days,
you want the the so-called 'amd64' flavour on both Intel and Amd.

You probably find the precise details at Wikipedia and other places, but in a
nutshell, Intel gambled big on their Itanium iniative ('ia64') of chips and
... lost to AMD with their simpler line of 'amd64' design which Intel
eventually started to emulate / copy. To differentiate the then-different
chips of AMD from Intels Itanium ia64 line, the 'amd64' name was
introduced.  These days ia64 is ancient history and "we're all amd64 users".

By the way, if you decide to go with Ubuntu or Debian, the r-sig-debian list
is there to help.

Hth, Dirk

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