[clug] F/OSS Alternatives

Francis Whittle fj.whittle at gmail.com
Fri Jun 27 07:59:04 GMT 2008

I've used GNU Octave for the sort of thing you can use matlab for, which
it *mostly* covers (but not entirely).   Another one to look into for
mathematics is GNU R, which is really more a programming language for

For SPICE type stuff, you should probably start with the gEDA project,

For RPN calculators you can't go past Galculator


On Fri, 2008-06-27 at 00:33 +1000, 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)
> 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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