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Here's an alphabetized list of links to various software amenable to installation on systems running Linux, be the software available in source or binary form. With the GNU Fortran compiler (g77) now released, almost anything written in Fortran (as well as anything written in C) can now be compiled and executed on a Linux box without paying $$$$$ for a compiler. As such this list can and will contain links to everything from complete 40 Mb mongo systems (i.e. Khoros) to single Fortran or C programs. And it will of course be biased by my interests, which happen to be in the fields of numerical analysis and climate modeling.

One major impediment to portability is the occasional package that dynamically links with the OSF/Motif widget set. The impediment being, in this case, a price tag of around $150 for a Linux binary of the aforementioned widgets. One way around this is to find a binary of the package that is statically linked with OSF/Motif. Another way is to wait for a clone called the Lesstif widget set to be sufficiently stable. There is, of course, the option of buying the Motif binaries, but that would violate the Linux spirit of leeching off of the hard work of others in order to create a socialist paradise, wouldn't it?

One final note. A lot of the links below point to the Linux repository at sunsite.unc.edu. That is an extremely busy site which had to restrict access to 250 users at a time even with a T1 line, so it may be frustrating trying to download something from there. Luckily there are several dozen sites that mirror the sunsite.unc.edu Linux archives a various places around the world. I'll make an attempt to find out which alternate sites are reasonably fast and also supply them as links, but if I haven't done so here's a list of Linux mirror sites you can test for yourself.

I've just found another site that's doing something similar to this page. Check out the Free Scientific Software Under Linux pages of Herng-Jeng Jou. He's got things categorized rather than alphabetized, so you've got a choice of browsing modes.


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Last modified: Sep. 26, 1995

S. Baum
Dept. of Oceanography
Texas A&M University
baum@astra.tamu.edu