D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
This has been my experience as well. Maple and Matlab both ostensibly
can be installed on Linux but in practice it's difficult or impossible.
I tried years ago, gave up and run them both in Windows. Open source
substitutes sometimes do what I need and sometimes not. If I have time
I play with them. In principle I like Linux and open source, but am by
no means ideological about it.
| From: Hiisi <[email protected]>
| Maple is not open source (free). It was main argument for me to choose another
| symbolic arithmetic program - maxima ( maxima.sourceforge.net ). It's
My daughter bought Mathmatica for a project perhaps five years ago.
She ran it on RHL9 or something like it. Anyway, she would have to
relicence it to move it to a newer distro release or machine so she still
runs it on the same ancient machine.
If she had bought it for Windows XP, it would have had a much longer
Lesson: proprietary licensing models work even worse on open platforms
because open platform have a tradition of binary obsolescence.
Perhaps Maplesoft has a better upgrade model than Wolfram.
The only symbolic algebra package I ever bought was muMATH for the
I never got it to work due to its kind of copy protection. There's
a theme here.
PARI/GP worked well for my modest needs but it would not work for
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