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Jul 06, 2000, 16:52 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In one giant leap for Linuxkind, Tucson, Ariz.-based Random Factory has announced the release of the latest software in its "Linux for Astronomy" series. "Now in its sixth year, LfA is in use by both amateur and professional astronomers worldwide," says the Random Company announcement. "The packages on LfA represent the state-of-the-art in astronomical data processing, and are identical to the versions used on high-end scientific workstations."

"The proliferation of cheap and powerful hardware has made this project flourish, the company says. "The combination of ever decreasing hardware prices, and the superb Linux operating system (OS), now makes it possible to use these same packages on a `standard' personal computer."

"The company is especially proud to make volumes 5 and 6 available to the public. "This release contains the largest collection of astronomical software for any (OS)," says Random Factory spokesperson Dave Mills. "All the applications are pre-built for Linux. The RPM packaging format is used to support a variety of installation methods. Applications are automatically integrated into the KDE/GNOME desktop menu systems."

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