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    Scientific

    I would like to do a scientific costumization to my Ubuntu. Which programs of Physics, Chemistry, Math would you suggest and where to find appropriate skins, icons and wallpapers?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Scientific

    Quote Originally Posted by Arrhenius
    I would like to do a scientific costumization to my Ubuntu.
    Which programs of Physics, Chemistry, Math would you suggest & where to find appropriate skins, icons & wallpapers?
    Thank you.
    For Chemistry, you can install the program called "kalzium".

    From the Terminal, type" apt-get install kalzium".
    You could also install from Synaptic Package Manager.

    What is "kalzium":
    chemistry teaching tool for KDE
    Kalzium is a program which shows you the Periodic System of Elements (PSE).
    You can use Kalzium to search for information about the elements or to
    learn facts about the PSE.

    Kalzium provides you with all kinds of information about the PSE. You
    can look up lots of information about the elements and also use
    visualisations to show them.

    You can visualise the Periodic Table of the Elements by blocks, groups,
    acidic behavior or different states of matter. You can also plot data for
    a range of elements (weight, mean weight, density, IE1, IE2,
    electronegativity), and you can go back in time to see what elements were
    known at a given date.

    This package is part of the official KDE edutainment module.
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    Re: Scientific

    For physics/math, you can install Mathematica, Mathlab, or even Maple. The only problem is those three are commerical apps so you have to pay for them... Otherwise, you can check out octave, sci, or a few other free programs.
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    Re: Scientific

    There is a distro called Scientific Linux, maybe you could give that a try.
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    Re: Scientific

    Quote Originally Posted by Arrhenius
    I would like to do a scientific costumization to my Ubuntu. Which programs of Physics, Chemistry, Math would you suggest and where to find appropriate skins, icons and wallpapers?

    Thank you.
    Here are the apps i most commonly use:

    Symbolic math: Maxima (apt-get install maxima wxmaxima) - use wxmaxima - alot better!
    Numerical math: Octave
    Plotting: Gnuplot, LabPlot
    Spreadsheet: OOCalc
    Hope this helps...

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    Re: Scientific

    Thank you, for your suggestions. I will keep Ubuntu. Maybe I will try Xubuntu, I like the simplesness of that desktop manager.
    You recomend Opera or Firefox?

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    Re: Scientific

    Personally, I go for firefox.
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    Re: Scientific

    ive heard great things about opera, but ive found firefox to fit my likings a little better, my suggestion: try them both

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    Re: Scientific

    I recommend Opera. I think the UI is so much better than FF. I just wish it was extensible (although it's nice to not *have to* install extensions just to make it a quality browser).

    For scientific wallpaper, I think a great place to get it is from Wikipedia. There are many, many high quality pictures of "scientific" things with approximately 4/3 aspect ratio. I there is even a page dedicated to good wallpaper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor...p_backgrounds).

    If you like astronomy: Celestia, Stellarium, Xephem, KStars

    For math, it's probably a good idea to buy a good mathematics package. I chose Mathematica, because Octave is almost a Matlab replacement, and Mathematica (symbolic) and Matlab (numeric, matrices) are very good complements.

    Also: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuScientists
    Help yourself: Search the community docs or try other resources.
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    Re: Scientific

    In response to your original request you may want to check out

    http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~noel/linux4chemistry/

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