|base||Binaries for base distribution. This is what you want to install R for the first time.|
|contrib||Binaries of contributed CRAN packages (for R >= 2.13.x; managed by Uwe Ligges). There is also information on third party software available for CRAN Windows services and corresponding environment and make variables.|
|old contrib||Binaries of contributed CRAN packages for outdated versions of R (for R < 2.13.x; managed by Uwe Ligges).|
|Rtools||Tools to build R and R packages. This is what you want to build your own packages on Windows, or to build R itself.|
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