How to install the gambit GUI under GNU/Linux (Debian)

The gambit package for Debian (and consequently Ubuntu) is outdated, and not available for up-to-date releases. The website for gambit offers a download for Linux, which can be compiled using the standard ./configure; make; sudo make install.

On my machine, this did not install the GUI. There was actually an explanation on the screen, but I did not read it the first time around: Without the right wxWidgets on the computer, the GUI is simply skipped. The solution: Install libwxgtk3.0-dev (note the dev-suffix), and re-install/re-compile gambit.

Installing R package rgdal on GNU/Linux (Debian)

It’s common that GNU/Linux users have to compile R packages when installing them. For packages with dependencies, cran2deb offers a readily-packaged solution for some of the most common packages on Debian. rgdal doesn’t seem to be one of them, and install.packages(“rgdal”) led to a non-zero exit status. The solution: install the dependencies, of course.

sudo apt-get install libproj-dev libgdal-dev

On my machine this pulled a long list of further dependencies, but subsequently rgdal installed without complaints.

Installing R 3.0.0 Packages from R-Forge

R packages need to be re-installed in the new version 3.0.0. R-Forge is in the process of uploading new versions, but in the meantime some packages fail to install (there is no compatible installation candidate). Obviously this post will be outdated in due time, but until then, it is quite easy to install R packages from the source:

(1) Navigate to the relevant page on R-Forge (you’ll probably land on the summary page, and have to click on R Packages on the top right)
(2) Download the source file (the .tar.gz next to the stylized penguin). Currently the files for Windows and Mac are unavailable.
(3) Open R, set the working directory to the downloaded file
(4) Use install.packages("abc_0.1.tar.gz", repos=NULL, type="source"); with repos=NULL indicating that a local file is used rather than CRAN, and abc_0.1.tar.gz the exact name of the file.