Re: [dev] a suckless computer algebra system

From: Fernan Bolando <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:11:06 +0800

On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:22 PM, Anselm R Garbe <> wrote:
> 2009/11/24 Preben Randhol <>:
>> On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 18:39:04 +0000
>> Anselm R Garbe <> wrote:
>>> Why not? I think it should be possible to have very minimalist and
>>> specialized CAS', they managed to do that in the 50s and 60s, why not
>>> today?
>> We are not living in the 50's nor 60's... If the suckless approach is to
> Mankind was able to visit the moon based on these very simple systems
> at the end of that era, but hasn't ever been since (the modern excuse
> is lack of money, but I disagree). I don't think that they did
> everything wrong in the past or that most of the past technology has
> no value to learn from.

I think the main problem in going suckless for mathematics software,
is a whole bunch of code
written by some of the most briliant matematicians. Those poeple
however are not always good coders. So you end up with thousands of
fortran code accumulated through the years. Fortran codes that still
works, but nobody understands anymore.


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