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Arrhenius
June 15th, 2006, 12:36 PM
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.

dvarsam
June 15th, 2006, 01:16 PM
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.

taurus
June 15th, 2006, 02:30 PM
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.

IYY
June 15th, 2006, 03:25 PM
There is a distro called Scientific Linux, maybe you could give that a try.

prash@linuxitarian
June 15th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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...:)

Arrhenius
June 15th, 2006, 07:29 PM
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?

taurus
June 15th, 2006, 07:34 PM
Personally, I go for firefox.

jeffc313
June 15th, 2006, 08:42 PM
ive heard great things about opera, but ive found firefox to fit my likings a little better, my suggestion: try them both

jpkotta
June 16th, 2006, 12:21 AM
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/Category:Wikipedia_featured_desktop_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

LadyLuck
June 17th, 2006, 12:23 AM
In response to your original request you may want to check out

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

best
LL