[R] installing R on Ubuntu

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Mon Feb 9 08:58:02 CET 2009

On Sun, 8 Feb 2009, Tom Backer Johnsen wrote:

> 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?
> No.  If it is that simple to install R under a Debian vaiant of Linux, it 
> definitely is easier.  On the other hand, using Emacs is not (as far as I know) 
> the thing for novices.  What I would prefer is something that is as simple to 
> use as the Windows (or even better, the Mac interface) for R.

You might like JGR, then. 


Thomas Lumley			Assoc. Professor, Biostatistics
tlumley at u.washington.edu	University of Washington, Seattle

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