For people who always wanted to try out Linux but never had the time or the energy ( or courage to risk moving to a Linux only environment) here is a great application which allows you to keep Linux as well as Windows for double booting environment . You need 256 mb ram and 5 gb hard disk and you are good to go. It is a single click download and install to try out Ubuntu Linux and it preserves your Windows too.
If you wanted to try out R with Linux , then it is an easy way out for you ( and me).
Saves quite a lot of money per desktop per OS and per office productivity software.
Sounds good to be true – well the site is http://wubi-installer.org/
Here are some screenshots courtesy of the site itself-
Ubuntu Desktop Preview
And if you need to install your favorite applications (like R , Subversion) and don’t want to command line your way the solution is quite simple – It is called Synaptic and it is free and downloadable here