# 8 of the Best Free Linux Geometry Software

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"In the field of mathematical software packages,
applications such as Wolfram Research's Mathematica, and
Maplesoft's Maple system instantly spring to mind. These are both
highly popular, proprietary, commercial, integrated mathematical
software environments. Other types of mathematical software
packages generally receive much less publicity.
"One such area is interactive geometry software, which combines
three branches of mathematics: geometry, calculus and algebra. This
type of software allows users to create and modify constructions,
which are generally in plane geometry. Construction involves
building mathematical shapes out of points, lines, conic sections,
hyperbola, ellipses, and circles. These diagrams can then be
altered and the effects of the mathematical properties of the
shapes can be observed.

"Typically geometry software covers a wide range of application
areas, including pure Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry,
computer-aided design, and computational kinematics. It is often
found being used for learning and teaching mathematics in schools
and colleges and for research purposes."

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