[Maxima] download page
O.Kullmann at swansea.ac.uk
Mon Aug 25 09:34:39 CDT 2008
since a few days, the Sourceforge download page only
offers *windows* downloads, that is, following the
link from the Maxima homepage, one arrives at
where then only the release
is offered, for both browsers I'm using, Konqueror and Firefox.
If this is caused by the download site trying to figure out my
"needs", then I don't think "intelligent" behaviour on the download site is
a good idea (on the contrary, I think it's a pretty bad idea):
First, often these things don't work (like in my case, as a
Linux user). And then what about Linux users wanting to download
a windows file, or vice versa??
The problem is not really diminished by the fact that now apparently
the "standard" is an operating system which by its nature wants to
eliminate every other choice. If suddenly some unknown operating
system would show up, one would feel a bit surprised, and this
potentially even positively, but, at least for me, this is not
the case when suddenly only microsoft shows up (since this is not
It is also furthermore rather strange that the counters for Linux
downloads don't work (while the microsoft counters seem to work,
though I can't check it).
I really think that the obvious favouritism of microsoft products
at the Maxima download pages is inadequate.
On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 12:52:38PM +0200, Andrej Vodopivec wrote:
> The sourceforge download page has changed so that it now detects the
> users os and offers to download files specific for that os. I have
> created the download page for linux, windows and default os. The
> content of platform specific pages can be modified. If someone has an
> idea what should be on these pages let me know. The bad news is that
> the pages need to be manualy modified with each release.
> The download link from http://maxima.sourceforge.net/download.html now
> points to a windows binary and it is not so obvious how to get to
> other files. Can someone change the link so that it points to
> Maxima mailing list
> Maxima at math.utexas.edu
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