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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>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 04:34:22 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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I can't understand your criticism. Open a terminal window
and type 


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.


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/
> 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?

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