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st: re: Memory, Stata 10, and 32-bit XP

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: re: Memory, Stata 10, and 32-bit XP
Date   Fri, 22 Feb 2008 15:44:37 -0500

Sylvain said

Kit -- I almost certainly agree with you in principle
but I don't want to start a thread on why XP (or any
flavour of Windows for that matter) is an inferior OS,
simply because my institution is not giving me any

Even restricting ourselves to Microsoft alternatives,
we're all aware of how difficult MS is finding it to
convince people to switch to Vista. Not encouraging...

I did not state that XP or Windows was an inferior OS; I merely mentioned that the same hardware, set up to dual-boot into Linux, might have more memory available to Stata. That does not make Linux a better OS, just one that gives you some capabilities that you do not have now at the cost of having to learn how to use it (and of some hard disk space). On the other hand Linux certainly cannot run most of the games available for Windows.

As far as your institution's dictates, it seems to me that unless you are prohibited from acting as administrator on your own machine, nothing stops you from installing Linux on a separate partition of the system. That does not preclude your running the officially sanctioned OS; it merely means you can dual-boot into Linux when you want to take advantage of its capabilities.

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics and DIW Berlin
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