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Re: Linux/Unix add-ons

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  • Subject: [mg25421] Re: Linux/Unix add-ons
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 01:07:28 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <8qloit$q82@smc.vnet.net>
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(NOT meant as a flame!).... What do you reasonably expect?  There's
millions of Windows users out there, and perhaps hundreds of thousands
who are potential users of Mathematica and add-ons thereto.  If YOU were
going to invest major time, over a course of years, to produce an add-on
to Mathematica and expected at least to break even on your investment of
time, which platform(s) would you address?

The same issue is why, e.g., certain key (non-Mathematica-related)
statistics packages are no longer upgraded for Mac -- just not a big
enough market.

"Inferior" evidently refers to inherent quality of the OS in your
posting.  But the "best" may not really be the best when it comes to
finding enough software, support, etc.; in that context, the "best" is
what the greatest number of people use.  The same argument could be made
with respect to programming languages!


Jeffrey S Austin wrote:
> 
> I'm sure that this is part of FAQs but I'll ask anyway . . . What
> add-ons are available for Linux and/or Unix? I see that there's more
> than you can shake a stick at for that inferior OS called Windoze and
> MAC but what about us penguins and geeks?
> 
> I looked at Calculus Wiz and it said for windows and Mac as does the
> software from Math Everywhere.
> 
> --
> Jeffrey S Austin
> Civil Engineering Student
> Old Dominion University
> http://users.exis.net/~w8jsa/ce_links.htm

-- 
Murray Eisenberg                     murray at math.umass.edu
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.       phone 413 549-1020 (H)
Univ. of Massachusetts                     413 545-2859 (W)
Amherst, MA 01003-4515


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