Basic information on installing Linux
Where to purchase a distribution of Fedora Core Linux?
Fedore Core is a distribution of Linux related to the RedHat Linux.
Fedora is unsupported and is open-source (look for an explanation of these terms on the Web).
Fedore maintains a list of vendors who distribute the operating system on CD's and DVD's. Of this list, I dealt with CheapBytes only.
Other distributions of Linux
There is a myriad of Linux distributions, i.e. versions of the Linux operating system customized by individuals and organizations. All of them should provide the same functionality. If you are installing Linux for the first time, you probably need a well-established distribution with an easy-to-use, graphical installation program (the "installer").
In order to install linux, you need to purchase a set of 4 installation disks of Fedora Core 3.
Note: The content below is not fully updated yet for the Spring of 2005. The files that are updated will be shown
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- LaTeX 1: Slides |
R - A statistical/graphics package
Octave/Matlab - Linear Algebra and more
Maxima - an extensive CAS
- All files created in class
Links to other pages
R - The statistical software for UNIX and Windows
XFig and WinFIG
XFig is a UNIX drawing program, but a Windows version is available now.
For information, please go to this site:
Monte Carlo Method
MATLAB and Octave
- Main Octave Web site
Octave is a completely free program and you can download a Windows version.
Linux typically comes with Octave, although it may not be
installed by default. The Linux version may also be downloaded.
The RPM version is recommended for systems that use the RPM packaging system.
- MATLAB Web site
The student edition of MATLAB is a very good value. You can obtain a copy at the University
bookstore or other outlets on campus.
Computer Algebra Systems
The information about Maxima and Lisp-related software can be found here.
Maxima can be used as a a terminal-based program, through a GUI or with TeXmacs (see below).
TeXmacs is an open-source editor which can be used to create
hi-quality display for math formulas. It is also a universal interface
to several external programs, including Maxima and
Octave. To obtain TeXmacs, visit TeXmacs development site. Note that
both UNIX and Windows versions are available.