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Re: Maple on Fedora

D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
| 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

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

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.

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