Cooking up the Treats => New Package Requests => Topic started by: vectormech on October 01, 2011, 10:11:24 pm

Title: Calculix
Post by: vectormech on October 01, 2011, 10:11:24 pm

I heard about VL only minutes ago.  I have been using Debian for a while and it seemed too large, slow, unstable and similar to MS mentality for my tastes.  VL sounded right up my alley because of buzzwords like small, simple, tight, stable. 

But what I mainly want to do is run Calculix, the open source Finite Element Analysis program.  What would it take to run that on VL?  I mean, when would it likely make it into the repos, considering I have no knowledge or time to help?

Also, I wonder about possibly running a Windows emulator to run Alibre solid modeling.  To save you time looking it up, Alibre is similar to AutoDesk Inventor and Solid Works but is just big enough to get most jobs done so it is far less expensive.  Alibre is the only viable solid modeler I have found for my needs but so far, they refuse to consider providing a linux version.  If it weren't for that, my life would be Windows-free.  But this is not a looming issue for me, just a back-burner issue.  Plus, I suspect it would defeat my purpose to complicate my linux system to run a windows program and get rid of windows.  Seems it would make more sense to just run it on Windows until a viable solid modeler in linux comes into existence - one as cheap yet powerful as Alibre.  I wouldn't waste your time on this subject, but if you know anything I don't know about solid modeling and getting away from MS, please advise.  Far as I know, powerful solid modeling seems to be the one thing missing from the open source world.
Title: Re: Calculix
Post by: nightflier on October 02, 2011, 05:24:47 am
Calculix is open source, so you may want to post in the "package requests" area of the forum. No guarantees though, as it's all volunteer efforts.

Alibre is another story. Google reveals that people are struggling to get it running using Wine. The pragmatic solution would be to keep Windows around for that.

Edit: Posted before morning coffee.. disregard first paragraph.  :P
Title: Re: Calculix
Post by: hata_ph on October 02, 2011, 09:33:44 pm
I have build calculix-2.3 for VL7. Once it is in the testing repo I will let you know :)


calculix-2.3 is in the testing repo...;topicseen
Title: Re: Calculix
Post by: vectormech on October 05, 2011, 05:20:09 pm
thank you
Title: Re: Calculix
Post by: hata_ph on October 05, 2011, 06:34:34 pm
does it work for u?