64 bit only

in: /etc/apt/sources.list
add: deb http://cran.rstudio.com/bin/linux/ubuntu precise/

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E084DAB9

// [i didn't do this step] sudo add-apt-repository ppa:marutter/rdev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

// if not R is not updated, then will get error: package ‘shiny’ is not available (for R version 2.14.1)

// then follow ref 2 (official intro):

sudo apt-get install r-base
sudo su - \
-c "R -e \"install.packages('shiny', repos='http://cran.rstudio.com/')\""
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
wget http://download3.rstudio.org/ubuntu-12.04/x86_64/shiny-server-1.2.3.368-amd64.deb
sudo gdebi shiny-server-1.2.3.368-amd64.deb

Next Steps
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ref:

1. http://askubuntu.com/questions/218708/installing-latest-version-of-r-base

2. http://www.rstudio.com/products/shiny/download-server/