[R] can R be run without installation on to a computer

James W. MacDonald jmacdon at med.umich.edu
Fri Mar 31 22:57:05 CEST 2006

Bob Green wrote:
> I have been trying for a year to get approval to install R on a work 
> computer and am not optimistic of a positive reply in the near future. I 
> was considering whether an option might be to run R from a CD/USB stick.  I 
> looked through the installation manual but could see no mention of this option.
> If it is possible to run R from a CD or a USB stick without installation to 
> a computer, I would appreciate direction to information or advice on how 
> this might be done,

If the term 'CD' here includes a DVD, then you might look at Quantian, 
which is a Linux variant that boots off a DVD and includes R as well as 
many if not all CRAN and Bioconductor packages.

That might be one way to get around those nasty IT guys ;-D



> Any assistance is appreciated,
> regards
> Bob Green
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James W. MacDonald, M.S.
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