Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams

Obtaining and Installing R

http://www.r-project.orgCRAN is the Comprehensive R Archive Network where you will find the R installation package and all verified R packages. Installation of R is then straightforward, either from source or from a pre-compiled binary package. The installation of R itself is covered in See Section [*].

Be aware though that you can even run R without installing it! The live CD can be used to boot your computer and run GNU/Linux from the CD, from where you can start up R and run it over data on your hard disk. All of this can be done without touching what ever operating system is already installed on your hard disk. If you like what you see (and it will run slower than a proper install) you can then install it properly.

We briefly review the installation of R here.


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