[R] Ideal Computer and Software (A bit off topic)

From: <KKThird_at_Yahoo.Com>
Date: Fri 18 Mar 2005 - 06:41:58 EST

Hello everyone.

This question might be a bit off topic, but I thought that (a) there couldn't be a better group to address my questions and (b) that others might find it useful too; It also might start an interesting discussion thread.

I use R often for simulation purposes (which generally involve a lot of for() loops) and for most of my general work. I will be purchasing a new computing system soon, and I'm wondering the best way to go. I'm a Windows user now, and from what I know and have read about Linux, it is what I should be using (or possibly a Unix machine). I'm not wedded to a Windows system and I'm willing to put in the time to learn Linux if it would truly be beneficial. Is it the case that Linux offers so much more than Windows that it is definitely worth the switch?

For the hardware issue, is it generally better to run R on a server and then connect to the server or on a stand alone computer (Obviously the performance would be related to the specific hardware, but if the hardware was essentially equal, would there be any advantage to either?).

What seems to be better for using R on, an Intel, AMD, Unix, or Mac (which I suppose is now a Unix) processor? In terms of speed, again given the analogous hardware, is there an advantage to one of these?

Does it make sense to get a 64 bit AMD processor, or is that just an overkill? Would R even make use of the 64 bit processing power?

I'm very interested on any thoughts people have on this. I'm a big user of computers, but I'm not overly knowledgeable about their inner workings.

Thanks and have a nice day,

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