Originally Posted by gaquino
I am using a new Shell (Linpus Linux Lite) on a new UMPC, I am not finding anything out there.
Linpus is not one of the most popular distros, but it is Fedora-derived, so advice for Fedora/RedHat is likely to apply.
I am a professor, and I would like to move to a lower cost free source applications and move my students in that direction as well. But, I need statistical software like SPSS to teach, I tried PSPP as an alternative, but the install keep failing.
...and that seems something that we can only regard as desirable and thoroughly worthy...
Firstly, I need to point out that you need to do some unlearning. Windows, for example, will have given you some bad habits and you may be trying to make your bad habits easier rather than trying to learn good habits.
For example, in installing new software, your first question should be "Is there a version that I can install 'automagically' from repositories for my distribution?". Only if that fails, should you go round the internet looking for downloadable packages (.rpm files in your case, .deb files if you have a debian-derived distro) or building things from source.
If you have anything that seems to be an application installer, using that should automatically take care of dependancies (libraries, etc) that can be a bit of a headache, if done by hand.
In some cases there are 'extra/development/supplementary/experimental/proprietary' repositories that you may want to set up to give a fuller selection of apps. If, for example, your primary concern is statistical programs, going into your app installer and searching for the words 'statistical' or 'math' might throw up some things you want to look at, even though they are not names that you are familiar with. (A lot will be 'stats ad-ons for packages that you aren't interested in', though.)
checking for gawk... no
checking for mawk... mawk
I assume the 'no' are things I need, but I just do not know what I am doing.
Not completely. It is almost certain that this package can work with either
awk or mawk (having very sinmilar functions and a slightly different syntax). Either
of those will do the job, but not having one or
the other is a problem.