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I want to upgrade R from 2.15.2 (stable) to 3.0.1 (active development). I want to do so because of a bug in the current version with plotting. I look at this page, but I don't know what to do with it.

I see that some good citizen has made his own PPA's for the new R. Should I use those? Or should I somehow make my system point to the active development version? I'd like to enter a couple of lines of code into a terminal and from then on have the update manager give me relevant updates. It seems like a volunteer PPA would be less dependable than whatever is coming down the pike with the next ubuntu version?

Anyway, what particular lines of code would I enter such that when I enter sudo apt-get upgrade I get the new R?

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See askubuntu.com/questions/4983/… –  strugee Jun 14 '13 at 7:06
@ Max Tither -- what if I don't want saucy, but I just want the active development version of R? –  ACD Jun 14 '13 at 7:08
(I ask the above question because I don't know if Saucy is ready for prime time, or if it is still buggy) –  ACD Jun 14 '13 at 7:11
The is no active development for Ubuntu Raring. Do you want fresh source code. I suggest opening up the dash and searching for software and updates. open it up, and in Ubuntu Software, tik source code. I suggest trying saucy when it hits beta, due to early software nature. Other than that, no saucy updates will get backported. –  Max Tither Jun 14 '13 at 7:19
You're implying that there is no way to get the Saucy version of R if I am using Raring. Is that correct? So the only way to get the new R is to use a contributed PPA? –  ACD Jun 14 '13 at 7:24
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