[R] installing R on Ubuntu

Paul Heinrich Dietrich paul.heinrich.dietrich at gmail.com
Sun Feb 8 21:23:38 CET 2009

I'm definitely out of my league here, but I think that if someone only enters
that code in an Ubuntu system, then they will have only the latest version
of R in Ubuntu, which at this time I think is 2.6.2, instead of 2.8.1, and
Ubuntu only "maintains" a handful of packages, instead of 1600+ right now on
CRAN.  If you want to get the latest R in Ubuntu and download any current
package, it seems like you have to follow a method like I've tried to piece
together.  I hope I'm wrong here.  Cheers.

Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> On 8 February 2009 at 20:36, Tom Backer Johnsen wrote:
> | Dear me.  Is the installation of R under Ubuntu really that complex?  I 
> | have a dual boot machine (Linux / Windows, where I use the latter the 
> | most) and have plans to try R under Linux, but have not done so yet.  Is 
> | it possible to simplify the Linux install procedure to make R more 
> | accessible to novices?
> Yes. 'sudo apt-get install r-base ess ggobi' and you have working R, ESS
> and
> Ggobi.  Start Emacs, type 'M-x R' and you have an R session inside Emacs.
> Is that really easier to accomplish in Windows?

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