Install R From the Source Code on Ubuntu
R can be installed by
apt-get on Ubuntu systems. This is the official suggestion. See here. I would install R from the source code for some personal reasons, one of which is that I prefer to leave the executable files with my $HOME directory rather than the system scope, to mitigate the side effect on my system.
The official guide on installing R is R installation and Administration, which is really long. Following is the main steps I took on Ubuntu 14.04:
# get the source code mdkir -p $HOME/bin/R/src cd $HOME/bin/R/src wget "http://cran.r-project.org/src/base/R-3/R-3.1.1.tar.gz" tar zxf R-3.1.1.tar.gz cd R-3.1.1/ # build sudo apt-get install xorg-dev texinfo ./configure LIBnn=lib --prefix=$HOME/bin/R/R-3.1.1 \ --host=x86_64-pc-linux-gnu \ --enable-R-shlib \ --enable-R-profiling make make check make install # configure # append the code below to $HOME/.bashrc or $HOME/.bash_profile export R_HOME=$HOME/bin/R/R-3.1.1 export PATH=$R_HOME/bin:$PATH
Most of the code is easy to understand. In addtion,
sudo apt-get install xfstt xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi and
reboot would help you to avoid some problems on fonts when you use rstudio.