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    Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    At MIPS suggestion:
    A place to tell others about software that you have found to be useful in scientific fields. Feel free to post your useful scientific software packages, and I will try to keep this first post up to date with your suggestions.


    Statistics:
    R
    http://www.r-project.org/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install r-recommended

    LaTeX editors:
    Lyx
    http://www.lyx.org/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install lyx
    Kile
    http://kile.sourceforge.net/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install kile
    TeXmaker
    http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install texmaker
    Bibtex:
    Pybliographer
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/pybliographer/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install pybliographer

    Bibliographic Database:
    Bibus
    http://bibus-biblio.sourceforge.net/....php/Main_Page
    Installation instructions


    Spreadsheet:
    Gnumeric
    http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install gnumeric

    Desktop Publishing:
    Scribus
    http://www.scribus.net/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install scribus

    GIS:
    GRASS
    http://grass.itc.it/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install grass
    QGIS
    http://qgis.org/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install qgis
    Mathematics:
    Scilab
    http://www.scilab.org/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install scilab
    Some users have had issues with text showing up only in Hindi when installing scilab from the Ubuntu repos. There is a binary version available on the scilab website. Just unpack it and read the README_Unix file.

    Maxima
    http://maxima.sourceforge.net/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install maxima
    Octave
    http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install octave
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    Re: Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    You could consider giving Kile a try for LaTeX. It's rather nice.

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    Re: Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Barrakketh
    You could consider giving Kile a try for LaTeX. It's rather nice.

    a how to for texmaker and kile with texlive in my signature....
    even some instructions on getting kile from source without tetex ....

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    Re: Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Barrakketh View Post
    You could consider giving Kile a try for LaTeX. It's rather nice.
    TeXmaker is nice too. I hear it's from the guy who started the Kile project. There are some differences, but Texmaker loads a--lot--faster.

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    Re: Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    gretl is a great package for econometrics and time series analysis. It also has some simple tools for finding p-values and doing elementary t-tests etc. It has a very easy-to-use GUI as well as a command line interface, it is easy (from what i've heard) to extend with scripts, and it can send it's data to R.

    It produces plots with Gnuplot, and you can get it's output in latex format.

    http://gretl.sourceforge.net/

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    Re: Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Cellular View Post
    gretl is a great package for econometrics and time series analysis. It also has some simple tools for finding p-values and doing elementary t-tests etc. It has a very easy-to-use GUI as well as a command line interface, it is easy (from what i've heard) to extend with scripts, and it can send it's data to R.

    It produces plots with Gnuplot, and you can get it's output in latex format.

    http://gretl.sourceforge.net/
    I agree with the above, the main strength of gretl is its easy-to-use and friendly interface. Also, the export of output to LaTeX might be of interest.

    I add a little ``installing gretl HOWTO'' which I wish had existed when I tried to install it. gretl has some `non-standard' dependencies but luckily the following command helps a lot (worked perfectly on Edgy Eft):

    Code:
    apt-get build-dep gretl
    Then, download the source package from

    http://gretl.sourceforge.net/

    Decompress the archive and enter the new directory. Then, execute, one by one, the following:

    Code:
    ./configure
    Code:
    make
    Code:
    sudo make install
    Hopefully, everything goes smoothly and gretl is installed. In case you wonder, the above procedure did NOT work with the checkinstall. I hope this helps.

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    Re: Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    It is easier to compile Octave Workshop for Actave 2.9 on Fiesty, since the newest QT4-libs are included. You'll need to make one edit before compiling.

    Install the following packages (and dependecies):
    Code:
    qt4-dev-tools
    octave2.9-headers
    libreadline5-dev
    Just download the tar.gz from http://www.math.mcgill.ca/loisel/octave-workshop/ , unpack and add the following as line 11 to the file 'editwindow.cpp':
    Code:
    #include <assert.h>
    Now it's time for a './configure' , which should give no errors.
    now do a 'make'. If you did not make the edit to editwindow.cpp, it complains about 'assert' not being defined.

    Few moments later you have a 3.4mb bunch of working code. Don't forget to install gnuplot and to start the workshop from the shell to see some usefull crash-output.

    --
    Vincent

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    Re: Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    For thos interested in using the latest stable versions of GIS software (GRASS, GDAL, QGIS), use this repo:

    Code:
    deb http://les-ejk.cz/ubuntu edgy multiverse
    deb-src http://les-ejk.cz/ubuntu edgy multiverse
    or
    Code:
    deb http://les-ejk.cz/ubuntu feisty multiverse
    deb-src http://les-ejk.cz/ubuntu feisty multiverse
    the versions in the official repos are a bit outdated.

    As for the Kile x Texmaker, Texmaker loads faster, but Kile has word completion (and tex commands too).

    As Reference manager, I use JabRef. Is Java based and very good. I found a .deb somewhere...

    If you go to http://www.getdeb.net, you can fin a tool called Extrema, for graphs creation. Sounds good.

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    Re: Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    Thanks, I think PSPP can not really compare to SPSS. Tell me if I'm wrong...
    I will try R-project...

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    Re: Scientific Software options for Ubuntu

    engauge and gnuplot

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