After a morning of waiting and trying to compile and install R from source code with only limited success, I found out I missed the correct link which allowed me to install the latest R-3.4.4 within seconds.

Here is the link:

In principle, one needs just three steps:

Step 1: Add source

Add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb xenial/

(replace with your favorite CRAN mirror)

Step 2: Add the CRAN key

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys E084DAB9

Step 3: Install!

Install r-base and r-base-dev

sudo apt-get install r-base r-base-dev

(r-base-dev is only needed by package maintainers)


In case you need to install the latest R in Linux MINT or Ubuntu, I would suggest not to start from the source code, since it requires a lot of dependencies and the compiling is very lengthy. This was not the case a few years ago. Now it makes much more sense to install from the CRAN source.