[R] questions on local customized R distribution CD

Liaw, Andy andy_liaw at merck.com
Tue Jun 27 14:05:09 CEST 2006

From: Duncan Murdoch
> On 6/26/2006 3:14 PM, Dongseok Choi wrote:
> > Hello all!
> >   
> >   I hope this is the right place to post this question.
> >  
> >   The Oregon Chapter of ASA is working with local high 
> school teachers as one of its outreaching program.
> >   We hope to use and test R as teaching tools.
> >   So, we think that a menu system (like R commander) with a 
> few packages and a bit simplified installation instruction 
> need to be developed.
> >  
> >   The main question is:
> > 1)
> > Is it OK to develop a customized CD-ROM distribution of R  
> with pre-selected packages for high school? 
> > It will be distributed free, of course.
> > Also, we plan to make it available from the chap web or 
> deposit it to R-project, if requested.
> Generally the answer is yes, but read the GPL for the 
> conditions.  You do need to make the source code available.

I was under the impression that telling the user how to get the source code
would satisfy the GPL, instead of distributing the source along with the
binary.  Is that right?

> > 2)
> >   If the customized distribution CD is OK, I also hope to 
> get some technical help/advice from the core group members if 
> any one is interested.
> See the R Installation and Administration manual first.  It 
> tells how to build R installers with non-standard included 
> packages.  Hopefully for 2.4.0 more customizations will be possible.

Yes, it's not all that hard.  Follow the directions carefully and literally
and there shouldn't be problem.


> Duncan Murdoch
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