Re: Are configuration & UI better in 4.2?
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- Subject: [mg36828] Re: Are configuration & UI better in 4.2?
- From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
- Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 04:34:22 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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Hi, I can't understand your criticism. Open a terminal window and type >math the delete key work perfect, due to your terminal settings and a command line is the most modern interface I can imagine. It still comes with Mathematica 4.2 and is perfect as before. Regards Jens fjolsvit wrote: > > I have spent far more time attempting to get Mathematica configured than I > have using it. I've found the the product to be exceptionally difficult to > configure. My platform is SuSE Linux on Intel. > > As an example, I spent several hours trying to figure out how to tell Mathematica to > understand the delete key in the way most contemporary systems understand > it. I wanted to avoid modifying system configuration files such as: > /usr/local/mathematica/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/TextResources/KeyEventTranslations.tr > > I expected to be able to change something in my own ~/.Mathematic directory, > but I could not figure out an obvious way to affect this modification. I > want to adjust the font size used in the widgets, but again, I see no > ovbious means of modifying these attributes. I suspect it can be > accomplished by modifying the ~/.Mathematica/4.1/FrontEnd/init.m. Perhaps > to an experienced Mathematica user, the syntax and semantics of this file are > obvious. They aren't to me. > > I also find the overall look & feel of the interface to be archaic. I > understand that Mathematica 4.1 was written years ago, and much of the desktops for > Unix which exist today did not exist when it was written. I should be > receiving Mathematica 4.2 in a few days, so perhaps these concerns will prove > undounded. Something tells me that not a lot has changed in this respect. > > What have others observed?