Some years ago I used MuPAD as a free computer algebra system. However since 2005 it's not free anymore. So, are there any good free or even better open-source computer algebra systems for linux coming close to commercial products like mathematica or maple?

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My first suggestion would be Maxima, but it seems I'm out of date. Wikipedia lists several:

Axiom, Cadabra, CoCoA, DoCon, Eigenmath, FriCAS, GAP, GiNaC, Macaulay2, Mathomatic, Maxima, OpenAxiom, PARI/GP, Reduce, Sage, SINGULAR, SymPy, Xcas

It also has a comparison of computer algebra systems.

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    In particular the wxmaxima front end, that make it more similar to Mathematica.
    – enzotib
    Commented Sep 10, 2011 at 15:02
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    Many of these are either fairly basic or specialized to a subfield of mathematics. Sage is an ongoing effort to combine many existing computer algebra systems into one huge system. Commented Sep 10, 2011 at 21:17

I would suggest SAGE. It is GPL-licensed software and includes lots of components. SAGE also has a nice tutorial for the first (and second) steps.

  • SAGE seems to be promising. Is it necessary to run it in a browser or is there also a "local" graphical interface (which is not a web browser)?
    – student
    Commented Sep 11, 2011 at 9:37
  • Is it true that maxima is a part of SAGE, i.e. everything you can do in maxima you can also do in SAGE?
    – student
    Commented Sep 11, 2011 at 9:57
  • @user5289 Sage provides two user interfaces, command line (or script) and the web-based notebook. There's no non-web GUI. Maxima is a part of sage and sage uses maxima automatically to solve a number of problems. You can call maxima function directly from within sage if you want to use all of maxima.
    – Jan
    Commented Sep 11, 2011 at 20:28

I have using Cantor http://edu.kde.org/applications/all/cantor/ for mathematical models

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    – slm
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 12:46

Look here: http://linuxappfinder.com/search_results?cx=partner-pub-4519499759658771%3A7235616731&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=UTF-8&as_q=algebra&sa=Search

Note that there are several pages.


In addition to the already mentioned Maxima, another visible option is Axiom. However, my impression is that Maxima's mindshare and userbase is greater than Axiom. However, I don't think either of these have functionality comparable to Mathematica or Maple. On the other hand, Mathematica at least is quite actively developed, and continues to improve.

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