[clug] F/OSS Alternatives

Amitay Isaacs amitay at gmail.com
Thu Jun 26 23:23:20 GMT 2008

On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 7:31 AM, Jack Kelly <endgame.dos at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ben Chaplin wrote:
>> Since the OS X thread got derailed into a "proprietary software is evil"
>> thread (as is only right on a LUG mailing list!), I've been thinking about
>> what my linux experience lacks.
>> I would like F/OSS alternatives to the following:
>> * PSPICE (electronics analysis)
>> * Maple (Maths)
>> * Matlab (Maths)
> I remember using Scilab (http://www.scilab.org/) in a numerical linear
> algebra class a few years back. I don't know how it stacks up to Matlab for
> more `serious' work.
> -- Jack

Scilab and octave (www.gnu.org/software/octave) are good alternatives
to matlab for all the linear algebra,
differential equations, statistics, etc. If you are interested in
symbolic math, SAGE (www.sagemath.org) is pretty
good. (Even has python scripting interface!) None of these packages
support simulink like functionality yet.


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