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Subject: [ANN] Quantian: A Knoppix remastering for Scientific Computing X-Mailer: VM 7.03 under 21.4 (patch 6) "Common Lisp" XEmacs Lucid FCC: /home/edd/mail/out/mail From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org> --text follows this line-- [ Apologies for cross-postings; however, this message is being sent only to lists to which I am personally subscribed and overlap should be small. Should your sense of netiquette be offended, please accept my apologies. That said, I would welcome pointers to other lists of interest for this posting and would encourage careful forwarding to related mailing lists. ] Announcing the "Quantian Scientific Computing Environment" A Knoppix / Debian variant tailored to numerical and quantitative analysis Quantian is a remastering of Knoppix, the self-configuring bootable cdrom that turns any pc or laptop into a full-featured Linux workstation. This version is based on Knoppix 3.2 (2003-05-20), an earlier release based on Knoppix 3.1 (2003-01-20) is still available; see below for URLs. Quantian differs from Knoppix by adding a set of programs of interest to applied or theoretical workers in quantitative or data-driven fields. The added programs include o R, including several add-on packages (such as tseries, RODBC, coda, mcmcpack, gtkdevice, rgtk, rquantlib), out-of-the box support for the powerful ESS modes for Emacs as well as the Ggobi visualisation program o Octave with add-on packages octave-forge, octave-sp, octave-epstk, matwrap and Inline::Octave o Maxima, including the x11 front-end and emacs support o the Gnu Scientific Library (GSL) incl example binaries o the Pari/GP, Gap, Ginac and Yacas computer algebra systems o the Quantlib quantitative finance library incl. the Python interface o the OpenDX and Mayavi data visualization systems o TeXmacs for wysiwyg (La)TeX editing o and various other programs such apcalc, aribas, autoclass, euler, evolver, freefem, gambit, geg, geomview, glpk, gnuplot, gperiodic, gmt, gretl, lp-solve, mcl, multimix, rasmol, plotutils, pgapack, pspp, pdl, rcalc, yorick and xlispstat while at the same time retaining programs and features already in Knoppix: o Auto-configuration of graphics, sound, disks, networking, auxiliary devices which is second to none among computer installations o The current version 3.1 of the KDE desktop environment o The GNU compiler suite comprising gcc, g77, g++ compilers in releases 2.95, 3.2 and 3.3 as well as gcj in version 3.2 o Perl and Python with loads of add-ons, plus ruby, tcl, ... o The Emacs and Vim editors, as well as kate, joe, kate, nedit and zile o A complete teTeX TeX and LaTeX setup for scientific publishing o Gnumeric, Abiword, Koffice, ... office tools o a Swiss-army knife collection of networking tools allowing access to wired and wireless lans, covering ethernet, isdn or dial-up modems In total, over 1200 Debian packages are included. Quantian iso images are available at http://software.biostat.washington.edu/edd/quantian/ http://franz.stat.wisc.edu/~edd/quantian/ and a Quantian overview page, including a recent paper, is at http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian.html Plans for future versions are not set in stone but may entail support for OpenMosix clustering. Comments, questions, feedback are more than welcome! -- Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org> Wed, 28 May 2003 18:42:40 -0500 -- Don't drink and derive. Alcohol and analysis don't mix.