Might be useful to anyone interested in learning Linux but not sure how to go about it: http://howiscience.tumblr.com/post/133487530604/safe-linux-for-the-relatively-clueless
Sorry to bump an old thread but have you tried installing R Studio on a linux server?
Not yet! It's on the cards for when I finish my thesis... very keen to set up old laptops as dedicated Debian/RStudio servers. Will let you know how it goes.