[clug] F/OSS Alternatives

Grant Baldwin Grant.Baldwin at anu.edu.au
Fri Jun 27 00:13:19 GMT 2008

Without knowing what you are using MATLAB & Maple for, it is difficult to
recommend replacements. They are both very large software suites covering a
range of roles.

As previously mentioned, there are several MATLAB clones for numerical
linear algebra: Octave & Scilab in particular. However, for hardcore
numerical linear algebra Python & NumPy are where people are looking. 

If you are just using maple for symbolic algebra, consider Axiom. 

However, if you are using either for their higher or toolboxed functions, I
doubt you'll find an acceptable alternative.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-bounces+grant.baldwin=anu.edu.au at lists.samba.org
> [mailto:linux-bounces+grant.baldwin=anu.edu.au at lists.samba.org] On
> Behalf Of Ben Chaplin
> Sent: Friday, 27 June 2008 12:34 AM
> To: CLUG List
> Subject: [clug] F/OSS Alternatives
> 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)
> Maple and Matlab aren't all that important but I'd love an alternative
> to PSPICE.
> Also, can anyone recommend a nice RPN calculator?  There are times
> when I find dc a little bit frustrating, so something with buttons
> that I can click would be nice.  I feel so dirty asking for graphical
> software when there's a perfectly good command line program, but oh
> well.
> Cheers,
> Ben
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