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Re: Maple on Fedora



| From: Hiisi <very-cool rambler ru>

| Maple is not open source (free). It was main argument for me to choose another
| symbolic arithmetic program - maxima ( maxima.sourceforge.net ). It's
| brilliant.

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
lifetime.

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
z80: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MuMATH
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
yours.


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