Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
See also John Nash's notes at: http://rwiki.sciviews.org/doku.php?id=getting-started:installation:rattle. We focus here on Debian and Ubuntu systems. See the R Wiki page for general information on other systems.
Debian GNU/Linux is one of the better
GNU/Linux distributions. Ubuntu, a freely available
distribution based on Debian, is commercially supported by Canonical,
if required. Ubuntu is highly recommended. It is easy to install from
CD and will be up and running within an hour (see
http://ubuntu.com). After installing Debian or Ubuntu, it may be
convenient to also install the wajig package:
$ sudo apt-get install wajig
R and its associated packages (some 2000 of them) are available from CRAN. They have been packaged for Debian (and thus Ubuntu) by Dirk Eddelbuettel. This ensures a trouble free installation, once Debian or Ubuntu is installed.