Re: [R] questions on local customized R distribution CD

From: Liaw, Andy <>
Date: Tue 27 Jun 2006 - 22:05:09 EST


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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