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April 27th, 2007, 07:52 PM
Hello all, In my last math class we used a piece of software called Derive 5 that is a windows app that does some pretty sophisticated calculations. Being that I didn't have windows installed I tried to find a Linux alternative but was unable. I was wondering if I had missed something and there is an alternative and if not, what would be a good language to start one in that would be likely to get Open Source support? I've found a couple of applets that do some of the functions but I don't know how much java is used in the open source community. Let me know what you think. Thanks.


April 27th, 2007, 08:19 PM
You can buy a copy of Maple (http://www.maplesoft.com/) for linux. There is also SAGE (http://modular.math.washington.edu/sage/)which is a project to combine all the open source math tools available. And then there is a project to devolop a CAS in Python that looks interesting called Sympy (http://code.google.com/p/sympy/). Apparently, Octave (http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/) is highly recommended as well.

November 26th, 2008, 12:22 AM
For mathematics in my opinion the best is Mathematica there are Linux versions but I haven't try those yet, the way I solved it was running a Virtual machine using VirtualBox and installing the Windows version of Mathematica there. Octave is similar to MATLAB but for symbolical math I prefer MATHEMATICA