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The Quantian Scientific Computing Environment

Quantian is a directly bootable and self-configuring Linux system on a single CD-ROM/DVD. Based on Knoppix and clusterKnoppix, it provides out-of-the box support for openMosix, as well as about several GB of additional software with a quantitative, numerical, or scientific focus. Such software includes R (with many packages from CRAN, BioConductor, and Rmetrics), Octave (including several add-on packages), Python (with Scientific Python, NumPy, and BioPython extensions), several computer-algebra systems, several graphics and visualizations packages, as well as a large number of other scientific or numeric packages, programming tools, and general utilities.

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  •  02 Mar 2006 14:57

    Release Notes: Sun's Java 1.5.0 SDK was added, and with it the Java applications ImageJ, Weka, JGR, and Mondrian. Several other applications were added, many programs and libraries were updated, and a few bugs from 0.7.9.1 were corrected. Quantian now comes as one compressed ISO of 2.7gb, corresponding to 7.6gb of fully configured software.

    •  14 Dec 2005 07:31

      Release Notes: This release is the first one based on Knoppix 4.0.2, and it also contains a backport of openMosix. The size of the ISO image is now 2.5gb compressed, corresponding to 7gb of code. Several new packages have been added, and hundreds have been updated.

      •  16 Dec 2004 06:01

        Release Notes: Several new packages were added, such as clustalw/clustalx/clustalw-mpi, seaview, and iraf. Packages such as Octave and Scilab were updated to the newest versions from Debian unstable. The Rpad (www.rpad.org) interactive Web-based R GUI was added, fully configured, and can be launched with a simple command. About ten new packages from CRAN that were released since Quantian 0.6.9.2 were added. Around fifteen CRAN packages were updated to current versions as of December 11, 2004. The dse, CoCo, and gregmisc bundles that had been omitted in Quantian 0.6.9.2 were added.

        •  02 Dec 2004 10:31

          Release Notes: This release adds many new packages, including almost 475 R packages, BioConductor, labplot, dia, tla, subversion, python-mathplotlib, and python-gdal.

          •  02 Nov 2004 06:51

            Release Notes: The release was based on (cluster)Knoppix 3.6 and included kernels 2.4.27 and 2.6.7, an additional openMosix kernel for 2.4.27 with the shared memory migration patch, enhanced hardware autodetection, the FreeNX server, and ndiswrapper for loading proprietary drivers for wireless network cards. Other additions included openswan 2.1.5, ipw2100, drbd, fuse, bcm4400, and many meta-packages from the Debian subprojects Debian-Med, Debian-Edu, and Debian-Junior, and updated packages throughout.

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