OT: Debian/Ubuntu on amd64 (Re: [Rd] 64 Bit)

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd_at_debian.org>
Date: Sat 23 Oct 2004 - 00:45:05 EST

On Fri, Oct 22, 2004 at 12:24:56PM +0100, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> If you want a prebuilt version you are out of luck except for Debian Linux
> on Alpha or ia64, from a quick glance.

amd64 as well. It is not "fully official" but almost, see http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/

I presume you could install using either a beta of the new Debian installer or a (free) installer cdrom from the brand new Ubuntu Linux distribution (see http://www.ubuntulinux.org), a fresh derivative backed by Mark Shuttleworth . I heard good things about it -- cf yesterday's Linux Weekly News, subscription required, where the following was posted as a reader comment on (presumably both amd64 and i386):

   Ubuntu is fantastic.   

   I've been running the AMD64 distribution for a while, and it's stable and    instantly useful. I just installed it on my Thinkpad T-41 and:

   Not only that, but the base install is a _fully working_ desktop - every    application you'll generally want to do work is there. It's very convincing.    I'm a fan of Debian, but this is just so much less pain with all the    advantages of a plain Debian system.

After the Ubuntu installation, it should be just a matter of pointing /etc/apt/sources.list to one of the amd64 archives, and

   $ apt-get update; apt-get install r-base r-recommended    

should get you there.

Note that this whole post is made out of thin air as my personal computing budget has not yet made an allowance for amd64 hardware. Donations are always welcome (only sort-of kidding here ...)


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