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Linux.com: A First Look at SPlus 6.0 for Linux

Feb 06, 2001, 21:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"MathSoft, the makers of the much vaunted and extremely well known packages such as MathCAD and Axum, has pushed ahead into new territory for their data analysis package called SPlus. MathSoft now has a version of SPlus for Linux. Those of you who are in academia and other R&D areas are likely quite familiar with this data analysis software package. For others like myself, the Linux version is my first look at SPlus at all, although I'm fully familiar with MathCAD and Axum from my time as a student in experimental physics...."

"SPlus as a package boasts the ability to use C language modules to do tasks that S was not designed to perform. This is handy if you have data formats from home grown software for which no conversion module exists. Just write your own module and plug it into SPlus...."

"The one drawback to the installation process I had trouble with is the need for a license key to enable the software. For this you have to run a small program called HOSTINFO, write down the information it spits out and then send that to the licensing people at MathSoft for them to calculate and return your key. While this is not unusual, it was all very bothersome and I had to ride them a bit to get the key. All told, it took about a week to actually get my license key to unlock the software. To be fair to MathSoft however, they did tell me that my request e-mail had never arrived and they would look into problems with the e-mail server. I should also mention that I also tried to call them directly twice and had their "press one if you..." call system hang up on me twice. I may have called at the wrong time because the PR person I contacted also said their call system was giving them fits."

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