[SciPy-user] Matlab, Scipy and teaching science
Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Thu Oct 20 15:16:49 CDT 2005
Prabhu Ramachandran wrote:
>>>>>>"Robert" == Robert Kern <rkern at ucsd.edu> writes:
> Robert> At the recent SciPy '05 conference, Aric Hagberg told me
> Robert> that he ran a student summer program at LANL where they
> Robert> had to make a choice between purchasing Matlab licenses
> Robert> for a few dozen students or using Python. Of course they
> Robert> used Python. To help with the installation issue, they
> Robert> built a Linux LiveCD with all of the relevant software
> Is this live Linux CD available for download somewhere? I'm sure a
> large number of folks would find this very useful.
Not really. It was prepared by Aric's excellent sysadmin for a course John
Hunter and I taught this summer at LANL, at Aric's invitation. We didn't go
with Quantian because we wanted up-to-date versions of various things, in
addition to making sure that all the class materials would be burned on the
(ubuntu-based) CD. This gave the students something to take home.
The admin did an amazing job: there being no 'student lab' at LANL, he burned
these CDs both for x86 and PPC, and everyone just brought in a laptop, grabbed
a CD from a stack for their architecture (PC or Powerbooks), and went to town.
I was impressed to see 30 people go from zero to fully working workstation,
with 100% guaranteed identical environments, across 2 chip architectures, in 3
minutes (time to boot from CD).
This is an experience worth repeating and disseminating, but I imagine Aric is
too swamped with other things to push it much. You may want to contact him
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