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launch Mathematica 8 in Ubuntu 11.04

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  • Subject: [mg120997] launch Mathematica 8 in Ubuntu 11.04
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 05:31:26 -0400 (EDT)
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I'm trying to launch the Mathematica 8 front end in Ubuntu 11.01. 
Actually, this Ubuntu is in a virtual machine being run by Parallels for 
Desktop on a Mac running OS X 10.6.8.

As soon as I execute the command "mathematica" I'm thrown back to the 
Ubuntu log-on screen. Ad infinitum.

I find no shortcut for the front end. (I believe one is installed for 
Mathematica 7 under Linux, but I'm unsure about Mathematica 8).

At the command line, the command "math" does launch the kernel.

The Linux virtual machine has 4 GB ram allocated to it.

Any ideas how to fix?

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