I am a rookie when it comes to servers, but I have nonetheless been the one asked to get Shiny up and running for web applications in the open-source statistics and computing environment R at my office. Shiny requires a Linux server ("You can also deploy Shiny applications over the web...You’ll need a Linux server and our Shiny Server software..."), but we have a 64-bit Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise server. From the reading I've done so far, it seems like we could use free options such as VMWare Server or Microsoft Virtual Server to run Linux and then run Shiny on Linux. Would that approach make sense? If so, I am also wondering if we could use Ubuntu Server as our Linux Server OS in this case and, if the answer is yes, whether you have found 12.04.3 or 13.04 to be the more stable Ubuntu version of the two. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!