The Math Forum

Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by NCTM or The Math Forum.

Math Forum » Discussions » Inactive » comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica

Notice: We are no longer accepting new posts, but the forums will continue to be readable.

Topic: Native MMA FrontEnd for OS/2 eventually ?!
Replies: 1   Last Post: Sep 20, 1996 12:52 AM

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List Jump to Tree View Jump to Tree View   Messages: [ Previous | Next ]
Paul A. Rubin

Posts: 397
Registered: 12/7/04
Re: Native MMA FrontEnd for OS/2 eventually ?!
Posted: Sep 20, 1996 12:52 AM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

In article <508nsf$>, (Deutscher) wrote:
-> I was wondering whether I am the only one who is upset by Wolfram
->Research's aparent inability (or ignorance) to produce a native OS/2
->FrontEnd for Mathematica.

Not hardly!
->As is, MMA/2 is quite stable and nice but the Frontend looks like
->written by a summer student.
->* The notebook interface is still only available through the Windoze
-> version, i.e. one has to have either the OS/2 Win-OS2 subsystem
-> installed (which comes with some versions of OS/2) or real MS Windows,
-> and then one has to start the kernel as OS/2 process, Windows, the
-> Windows Frontend, and have the two communicate through tcp/ip with each
-> other. While it is nice that this is possible it is absolutely
-> rediculous to require Windows and tcp/ip support to be installed to use
-> all the features of MMA/2 -- on a notebook with limited HD and memory,
-> e.g., this can be next to impratical.

Could be worse. On my system (Pentium 90, red spine version), there was
about a 7 second delay between starting an evaluation and getting a result,
in addition to the actual kernel execution time for the cell. I assume
that some quirk in the TCP/IP interface was to blame, or possibly a setting
in WIN-OS2, but it beats me what. I had to replace my hard disk and reload
Warp, and I haven't bothered to reinstall Mma/2 - if I absolutely need to
run it, I'll reboot in DOS/Windows. Do any of the other computer algebra
packages have native OS/2 versions?

-- Paul

* Paul A. Rubin Phone: (517) 432-3509 *
* Department of Management Fax: (517) 432-1111 *
* Eli Broad Graduate School of Management Net: RUBIN@MSU.EDU *
* Michigan State University *
* East Lansing, MI 48824-1122 (USA) *
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whenever you say something to them,
they translate it into their own language, and at once it is something
entirely different. J. W. v. GOETHE

Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© The Math Forum at NCTM 1994-2018. All Rights Reserved.