Although it is difficult to chart the growing Linux-using population, there have been estimates of anywhere from one to nine million. Such estimates are not surprising since Linux is a freely-distributed operating system capable of turning an ordinary, inexpensive PC into a powerful computing environment. Linux-based PCs are in the homes of a growing number of technical users who recognise Linux as an affordable and powerful option for home computing.
"As home use of Linux-based PCs continues to explode, users are demanding industrial-strength applications on their machines," explains Prem Chawla, chief operating officer, Wolfram Research, Inc. "Mathematica brings comprehensive technical capabilities to this new breed of users."
Linux users will be impressed with Mathematica's speed and memory handling within the multi-tasking, multi-user Linux environment. Mathematica for Linux takes full advantage of the Linux preemptive scheduler and modern memory management. This results in an increase in speed, more efficient memory handling, and the ability to run more than one process at a time. Also, the Linux version of Mathematica includes support for MathLink via TCP/IP. MathLink, Wolfram Research's communication standard, lets users make seamless connections between Mathematica, their own applications, and other commercially available software. With MathLink it is possible to exchange information between Mathematica and other programs either on one machine or among several machines on a network.
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