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Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output
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Hamish Allan |
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Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output |
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Tue, 19 Apr 2005 22:03:41 +0100 |
Steve,
Please educate me: what is a F(L)OSS for proprietary platforms?
Examples?
http://www.feedreader.com/
http://www.sshkeychain.org/
What is F(L)OSS? A joke on FOSS (free/open-source software)
or something more meaningful?
FLOSS is a term similar to FOSS, but emphasises libre rather than
gratis freedom. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FOSS, which also
points out that "legally speaking, only public domain software is
non-proprietary."
I'm running a FOSS system (Debian GNU/Linux) on a Dell computer. In
your mind is this FOSS for proprietary platforms? The Dell certainly
has proprietary components on it. (Though I'm not exactly sure. I
know
that the openness of BIOS is an issue these days.)
The platform is not just the hardware, but the software as well. One
platform is Debian GNU/Linux running on x86 hardware; a different
platform is Debian on PowerPC. You might have a piece of FOSS that
compiles and runs on one but not the other. Other platforms include
Windows on x86, Mac OS X on PowerPC, etc. Plenty of FOSS works fine on
my Mac, but plenty doesn't.
I don't understand what you are talking about. Assuming I'm running a
system with the tools that make GNU Octave possible, I'm just curious
if
there is a FOSS Mathcad/Mathematica replacement; as Octave can be
considered a replacement to MATLAB. So, I don't know what you are
talking about with this ``F(L)OSS proprietary platform
Mathcad/Mathematica replacement.''
GNU Octave is possible on various platforms; certain FOSS is not (see
examples above). Is this any clearer now?
OK, maybe I'm making poor assumptions; any ideas what they could be?
It sounded like you were assuming that anything that could run any FOSS
could run all FOSS.
Best wishes,
Hamish
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- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, (continued)
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Jonathan Stickel, 2005/04/18
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Joe Koski, 2005/04/18
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Steve C. Thompson, 2005/04/18
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Joe Koski, 2005/04/18
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Geordie McBain, 2005/04/18
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Francesco Potorti`, 2005/04/19
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Hamish Allan, 2005/04/19
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Steve C. Thompson, 2005/04/19
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Hamish Allan, 2005/04/19
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Steve C. Thompson, 2005/04/19
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output,
Hamish Allan <=
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Gerald Ebberink, 2005/04/19
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Francesco Potorti`, 2005/04/20
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Mike Miller, 2005/04/19
- Re: WG: Tools for mathematical calculations and graphical output, Gerald Ebberink, 2005/04/19