[Maxima] Maxima GUI in Common Lisp
fateman at cs.berkeley.edu
Sat Jul 11 11:59:48 CDT 2009
Michel Talon wrote:
> Richard Fateman wrote:
>> Getting a superb GUI on Windows for a particular Lisp would probably
>> cover 90% of Maxima users or more. (According to Gartner group, 95% of
>> all PCs run Windows, 3% MacOS, 2% Linux)
> I think this is total crap.
If you look at the download statistics for the Maxima project on
sourceforge, you will see that your
opinion is not supported by the facts.
> This is even more true for maxima, since
> they would run Maple or Mathematica if they did not have strong prejudice
> against non free software.
I do not follow your logic. If you bought a machine for (as little as)
$400 with Windows, why does that mean
you are willing to spend more money for Maple or Mathematica?
> By the way, a good documentation would be far
> more useful to advance the use of maxima than a completely useless GUI.
Good documentation would be more useful in any case.
> At present, the main objection my colleagues have against Maxima is the lack
> of proper documentation (the info manual is barely one, being extremely
> cryptic, and difficult to search) and sometimes the slowness.
Perhaps you would like to look at the commercial Macsyma manuals, which
document a similar system.
Look in docs/refman16.pdf for example.
start at http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~fateman/macsyma/
There are also rather large documents for the frontend and graphics
component of that system.
These may not be especially good either, unfortunately.
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