[R] installing R for unix on PC

Mark Myatt mark at myatt.demon.co.uk
Wed Nov 21 14:33:21 CET 2001

Jonathan Baron <baron at cattell.psych.upenn.edu> writes:
>>From owner-r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch Wed Nov 21 06:23:46 2001
>>Dear R-users,
>>Probably this is rather general  question and I apologize for this:
>>I'm using R and other softwares on Win and I would like to install =
>>on my PC in order to be able to install R for unix.=20
>>Is there anyone that wants to suggest me what do I need to partion my
>>hard disk and to install linux and then R?
>>In this way I could use both Win and Linux on my PC, am I right?
>>Is there any web-page where I can find some information?
>>Thank you very much,

>You can install Linux along with Windows.  I think the best
>advice is found in http://sunsite.dk/linux-newbie/

Most Linux distributions will handle this for you. You have to 'defrag'
your drive(s) first. Make a backup of everything as repartitioning disks
can go wrong. The installer with Linux will (usually) do the
partitioning for you.

It is possible to install Linux into a container file on a Windows drive
and this is good for a 'suck it and see' installation but will be a bit

Go for a big name distro because there are packages available for them
form CRAN. Installation from source can be tricky and can fail for no
apparent (to a newbie) reason. Using a package takes away the hassle.

Hope that helps.


Mark Myatt

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