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Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: [fricas-devel] Installation directory

From: C Y
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: [fricas-devel] Installation directory
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 14:02:33 -0800 (PST)

--- Martin Rubey <address@hidden> wrote:

> But they wouldn't!  Why would you think that any of your work was
> lost when you install axiom after having installed friCAS?

I think the concern here is accidentally overwriting an installation of
Axiom with FriCAS, for example, or having the wrong library used due to
path confusion.  In my opinion that concern is valid.
> Really, if this mess stays the same, it will drive me mad.  Already I
> have to include 3 email lists if I want to say something all axioms
> should care about, which is the case most of the time, since I'm 
> working only on the algebra level.  Cooperation in this manner is
> for me such a nuisance, that I'd rather stop it.

Aren't most of the key players on all the lists anyway?  Surely it is
reasonable to pick your "favorite" platform and work with that, and
people will track the various lists as they choose?

> I cannot understand why you want different names for the same thing!

If they were the same thing we wouldn't need the forks.  I expect the
systems will begin to drift further apart with time, and maintaining
common files for all of them will be increasingly difficult. 
Mathematica and Maple are different despite attempting to do the same
job - I expect FriCAS, Axiom and OpenAxiom will all eventually look
different from each other.  Aldor, for example - unless Tim has plans
I'm not aware of Axiom itself won't be moving in the direction of using
Aldor.  Pursuing branches at the Algebra language level will quickly
lead to very different systems.  It looks similar right now because we
are all still close to the origin - personally I doubt this will last
indefinitely.  Macsyma is very different from Maxima, for example.


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