[Maxima] Maxima and Ubuntu packages?
toy.raymond at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 22:34:07 CST 2009
Sheldon Newhouse wrote:
> However, I think that it is unnecessary. When I started using Mac OS
> some years ago there were no packages for that OS. I found a lisp
> which installed (I think it was sbcl) and then I simply compiled
> maxima from the sources.
> That kept me up to date (usually the packages are one or two releases
> behind) and satisfied my needs.
> To me learning to use maxima is much harder than learning to install
> from sources anyway. It still seems to me that most users of Ubuntu
> are savvy enough to compile from sources, so what is the big deal?
When I was younger, I didn't mind going through all the hoops to compile
things. Now that I'm not as young, I just want things to work, and only
compile things for myself when I have an interest in them.
The worst thing is having to spend huge amounts of time grabbing all
kinds of dependencies just to compile one package just to see if it will
do what I want and then finding out it isn't even close. For that, I
just want a precompiled package that works for me.
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