I am a new linux user (finally took the plunge), and I am still uncomfortable installing programs manually. I purchased MATLAB for school, i followed installation instructions, but i can't run the program. No icon is on a desktop, matlab doesn't come up in the dash, and I can't run it calling "matlab" in the terminal, within the directory it was placed. I keep getting "command not found". I have tried changing the working directory several times with no results.
I think the problem has something to do with where I installed the program : i began by downloading zip files in my user folder ( /home/myname/mathworks_downloads)after unpacking and installing (following instructions), the matlab installation gui tried to make a directory in /usr/local but was unable. So I created /home/myname/mathworks_downloads/MATLAB and the installation gui completed. There are a number of files and folders in that particular directory. The instructions said I should be able to call "matlab" in the terminal, in the "matlabroot" directory I created (but I am unsure which is the correct one).
Is this caused by my failure to create a proper "matlabroot" directory somewhere in /usr/local??? Thanks
FYI- using ubuntu 11.10, intel x86 based, installed Matlab 2012a