It is very common to have people running R on their individual PCs. One major problem is the hardware limitations of your PCs will inhibit you to deal with large volumes of data.
Moreover if you wish to use Oracle R Enterprise you need a database connectivity and for some platforms like Mac there is no client available yet. In this post you will find how you can install R in a centralised fashion so that any individual can access it via their favorite browser.
Preparing Oracle Enterprise Linux
- Ensure that ol5_u6_base (or a further release) and el5_addons (ol5_addons is also ok) repos are enabled in /etc/yum.repos.d/public-yum-el5.repo file(by setting enabled flag to 1)
- Issue yum install R.x86_64 (Notice that R package is in el5_addons and other dependendents from el5_addons and ol5_u6_base)
- Download 64-bit RStudio-Server by issuing wget http://download2.rstudio.org/rstudio-server-0.96.331-x86_64.rpm
- Install RStudio-Server by issuing sudo rpm -Uvh rstudio-server-0.96.331-x86_64.rpm
- Start a browser and go to http://<rstudio-servername>:8787
- Provide your linux authentication details
- RStudio-Server is ready to use