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Re: Mathematica for a DEC-alpha System under Linux

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  • Subject: [mg7789] Re: [mg7740] Mathematica for a DEC-alpha System under Linux
  • From: Timo Felbinger <timof at pandora.quantum.physik.uni-potsdam.de>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1997 22:41:05 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com


On Mon, 7 Jul 1997, Johannes Reich wrote:

> Hi all!
> 
> I work in the Neurologisches Therapiecentrum in Duesseldorf and we plan
> to purchase a DEC-alpha System 500  Mhz to do numerical simulations of
> mechanical multibody systems as a means to study human movements.
> 
> We also are very much interested in using Mathematica on this machine.
> 
> Our Question is: does a version of Mathematica run on this Platform
> with  the Linux Operating System?

We are in a quite similar situation, also planning to buy DEC-alphas,
and Linux would be our (well, at least my) favourite OS. So I asked 
the same question to support at wolfram.com; this was the reply I got:

    Dear Sir
    
    Thank you for your recent Email regarding Mathematica.
    
    Unfortunately, Mathematica is not available for Linux on a DecAlpha
    machine.  If you would like to see Mathematica for this platform, why not
    tell our developers by writing to suggestions at wolfram.com
    
    For the most up-to-date information about the platforms Mathematica
    supports, please see:
    http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/platforms.html
    
    Thank you for your interest in Mathematica, please feel free to contact me
    if I can be of further assistance.
    
    
    Kind Regards,
    
    Darren J Holt
    Sales Administrator
    Wolfram Research Europe Ltd.


I did write a short note to suggestions at wolfram.com, too, but never got a reply 
from them. Maybe they become active when they receive more messages asking for
Mma on DEC-alpha under Linux.

> Or can a DEC-Unix version be used under Linux?

Not very likely, IMHO. Even if you find a way to execute native DEC programs
under Linux, Mma may still fail to run due to its elaborate copy protection scheme.

Timo Felbinger
Universit\"at Potsdam
Institut f\"ur theoretische Physik und Astrophysik



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