I did the unthinkable a couple of weeks back. I wiped out the Windows 7 Beta partition and did a clean install of Ubuntu 8.10. A friend of mine wanted the likes of me to make the switch and started a blog, but the bugger has been so slow in updating his blog that I made the switch irrespective of his climaxing post which I am sure will not see daylight in the distant future.
I have had some problems getting certain things to work ( like this ), but things have been okay till now. Though I would not recommend anyone to do what I did ( for heaven’s sake, keep the Windows partition, for , you know, just in case), but then again it’s not all that bad either. Biggest downer has been inability to use Yahoo! Messenger for voice chat. There have always been some replacement software that I have found for the usual timepassing that a student’s laptop ends up being used for. Rhythmbox is a great choice since it includes Last.fm which I have come to use a lot recently. OpenArena is getting me back to FPS gaming( Aah Wolf3D) . After a little bit of messing around came the beginning of deadlines and I needed to get back to work quickly. But alas, no Matlab ( For my laptop’s previous avatar : there was God and then there was piracy).
“Don’t fret my boy, Octave is here” is what the alternative Gods told me. I tried it out but got bugged using it in the command window and returned to the Library to use Matlab there.
In the mean time, came the Spanish Alternative Gods who said ” Abey aalsi kamine, ye le GUI” and showed me the path to QTOctave.
So there you have it my Windows friends. Matlab for Free= GNU Octave for Windows + QTOctave for Windows. Greed being omnipotent, the next question is : Where is Simulink for Free? Here it is and supposedly it integrates with Octave. ( ***I have not used SciCraft yet. Just adding some bull to the cock story***)
It is another story my laptop is undergoing some rejuvenation at DELL.