If you are installing R on the same server as DHIS, you should consider using the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) to get the latest distribution of R. All you need to do is to add the following like to you
deb <your R mirror>/bin/linux/ubuntu <your Ubuntu distribution>
You will need to replace <your R mirror> with one from the list available here. You will also need to replace <your Ubuntu distribution> with the name of the distribution you are using.
Once you have done this, invoke the following commands
sudo apt-get update gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 51716619E084DAB9 gpg --armor --export 51716619E084DAB9 | apt-key add - sudo apt-get install r-base r-cran-dbi
At this point, you should have a functional R installation on your machine.
Next, lets see if everything is working by simpling invoking
from the command line.
foo@bar:~$ R R version 2.14.1 (2011-12-22) Copyright (C) 2011 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing ISBN 3-900051-07-0 Platform: i686-pc-linux-gnu (32-bit) R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions. Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details. R is a collaborative project with many contributors. Type 'contributors()' for more information and 'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications. Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or 'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help. Type 'q()' to quit R. >