|| ||Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd-AT-debian.org>|
|| ||New Quantian release 0.4.9.5 available|
|| ||Thu, 11 Mar 2004 20:50:10 -0600|
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Announcing Quantian release 0.4.9.5
I What is it?
Quantian is a remastering of Knoppix, the self-configuring and directly
bootable cdrom that turns any pc or laptop into a full-featured Linux
workstation. Recent versions of Quantian are based on clusterKnoppix
and add support for openMosix. However, Quantian differs from
(cluster)Knoppix by adding a large set of programs of interest to applied
or theoretical workers in quantitative or data-driven fields.
See http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian.html for more details.
II What is new?
o Bug fix release relative to 0.4.9.4, no major changes
o Updated R packages based on the first pre-release of the upcoming
1.9.0 release, updated CRAN packages and a few new CRAN packages:
multcomp, mvtnorn, relimp, and the uebercool rgl
o Updated Octave packages based on the just released 2.1.56, and a
matching octave-forge release
o Improved support for Scientific Python, though scipy.test() still
moans, we hope to sort that out shortly
o The ftnchek package for Fortran'ers
o But most importantly, we now have a custom logo for openmosixview
in the KDE menubar -- thanks to Mathias Rechenburg for contributing
Also see http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian/changelog.html for details.
o Mailing lists for Quantian are now up and running
Following the 0.4.9.3 release, a Quantian project was opened on
alioth.debian.org. So far the only use of the alioth infrastructure
has been the creation of two mailing lists
quantian-announce for announcements, intended to be low volume
quantian-general for general discussions about Quantian
Please go to
for subscription info etc., and start using the quantian-general lists for
general questions, comments, suggestions or discussions about Quantian.
Quantian-general is subscribed to quantian-announce, so you only need
to subscribe to one (but can of course subscribe to both).
III Where do I get it?
Downloads are available from the two main hosts both of which also
o U of Washington:
o U of Wisconsin/Madison:
o European mirror, bittorrent site and cdrom vendors will hopefully
catch up over the next few days. See
for download info.
IV Known Bugs
o Still based on kernel 2.4.24 -- this is an improvement over Quantian
0.4.9.3 with kernel 2.4.22, but unfortunately the openMosix patch
for 2.4.25 isn't quite ready yet.
o Scientific Python's 'scipy.test()' does not pass all tests/
V Other items
o Mailing lists have been created, see above.
o Feedback / poll on package additions or removal
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions about programs to be
added or removed. Existing Debian packages get pushed to the front of
Best regards, Dirk
The relationship between the computed price and reality is as yet unknown.
-- From the pac(8) manual page
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