[R-SIG-Mac] Transitioning from Mac to LInux?
murdoch@dunc@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Apr 2 02:37:23 CEST 2020
On 01/04/2020 2:48 p.m., Carl Witthoft wrote:
> If I should ask over at r-sig-debian instead of here, please tell me.
> I don't wish to clog r-sig-mac with off-topic stuff.
> I've been watching the massive headaches people are dealing with trying
> to keep R fully compatible with each MacOS X upgrade, I'm wondering
> whether replacing my iMac (2009) with a new Mac really makes sense from
> an R - user point of view, as opposed to getting some inexpensive
> desktop and installing Linux. I know I can run R and RStudio under
> Linux, for example, but don't know what limitations, if any there are
> when it comes to building packages from source, getting compatible
> compilers, and so on.
> What have some of you 'power R users' discovered when/if you tried to
> build , or incorporate Bioconductor or other repository's packages under
If your iMac is still working, try installing Ubuntu or some other Linux
on it. I think at that age Apple is no longer providing upgrades, but I
just put Ubuntu on a 2008 iMac, and it works well. (I needed to upgrade
the memory, but that just cost $40 for 4 GB.)
So I got a $40 desktop, with a nice screen.
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