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RStudio on Ubuntu 12.10
|Initial release||28 February 2011|
1.1.463 / 29 October 2018
|Operating system||Windows NT, macOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Red Hat Linux, openSUSE|
|Platform||IA-32, x86-64; Qt|
|License||Affero General Public License v3|
RStudio is a free and open-source integrated development environment (IDE) for R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics. RStudio was founded by JJ Allaire, creator of the programming language ColdFusion. Hadley Wickham is the Chief Scientist at RStudio.
RStudio is available in two editions: RStudio Desktop, where the program is run locally as a regular desktop application; and RStudio Server, which allows accessing RStudio using a web browser while it is running on a remote Linux server. Prepackaged distributions of RStudio Desktop are available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
RStudio is available in open source and commercial editions and runs on the desktop (Windows, macOS, and Linux) or in a browser connected to RStudio Server or RStudio Server Pro (Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat Linux, CentOS, openSUSE and SLES).
Work on RStudio started around December 2010, and the first public beta version (v0.92) was officially announced in February 2011. Version 1.0 was released on 1 November 2016. Version 1.1 was released on 9 October 2017. 
RStudio and its team have contributed to many R packages. These include:
- Tidyverse – R packages for data science, including ggplot2, dplyr, tidyr, and purrr
- Shiny – An interactive web technology
- RMarkdown – Insert R code into markdown documents
- knitr – Dynamic reports combining R, TeX, Markdown & HTML
- packrat – Package dependency tool
- devtools – Package development tool
RStudio provides a mechanism for executing R functions interactively from within the IDE through the Addins menu. This enables packages to include Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for increased accessibility. Popular packages that use Addins based GUIs include:
- bookdown – a knitr extension to create books
- colourpicker – a graphical tool to pick colours for plots
- datasets.load – a graphical tool to search and load datasets
- googleAuthR – Authenticate with Google APIs
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