Open Source Alternatives for Math Apps

Open Source Alternatives for Math Apps

For my Math subject this sem (Numerical Analysis), we will be using Scilab. For something that’s free compared to proprietary software, it’s a nice alternative to MatLab. It is likewise comparable to another open source application Octave, which i used as an undergrad in EEE together with MatLab.

In the Math department, all the computers (in the lab that we use at least) are installed with an open source OS Quantian, a “Knoppix / Debian variant tailored to numerical and quantitative analysis.” Our professor, Prof. Lope, is even proud that their department has been the only one in the College of Science who fully migrated to Open Source for their numerical applications. It’s been 3 years now and yet they are still alive.

I hope more colleges and departments in the University can discover the benefits of open source in their own applications, and take advantage of FOSS software.

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