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Old 01-06-2014, 06:37 AM   #1
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Softwares exclusively for research in linux


Hi All,

I am interested in using research software's in Linux for PhD work. Being a open source software, I am sure that there will be some software's which are better than Windows.

Please give a list of software's which are there in Linux more specifically, Ubuntu.

Thanking you,
 
Old 01-06-2014, 06:39 AM   #2
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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Applications

Perhaps if your more specific someone might have a more helpful list ....
 
Old 01-06-2014, 06:47 AM   #3
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Specifically

Thank you for quick response. Basically I wanted software's which can help while researching Computer Science and Engineering.

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Perhaps if your more specific someone might have a more helpful list ....
 
Old 01-06-2014, 10:11 AM   #4
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Thank you for quick response. Basically I wanted software's which can help while researching Computer Science and Engineering.
...and....
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I am interested in using research software's in Linux for PhD work. Being a open source software, I am sure that there will be some software's which are better than Windows.
If you're doing college-level work, do you not realize how poor your question/goal is??
  • If this is your project, then YOU need to do the research.
  • We have no idea what you mean by "software's which can help while researching computer science and engineering". What KIND of software? Researching WHAT? This is much like saying "I want software which can help with automobiles!". Do you mean paint jobs, aerodynamics, fuel management, safety, etc., etc., etc.?????
  • "Better than Windows" is TOTALLY subjective. Better HOW? For someone who's used Windows for years, they will have NO problems with Windows software...the Linux software may be better, but TO THEM, it will be worse.
Think about what you're asking.
 
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:25 AM   #5
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Hi All,

I am interested in using research software's in Linux for PhD work. Being a open source software, I am sure that there will be some software's which are better than Windows.

Please give a list of software's which are there in Linux more specifically, Ubuntu.

Thanking you,
assuming robotics research you can take a look at fedora robotics spin or fel (fedora electronics lab). theres also a fedora spin for security analysis.
you may also want to check out scientific linux.
 
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:59 PM   #6
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Computer Science and Engineering
No software will help you, unless you decide beforehand what exactly is that you need to do.
You need to search, take notes and reflect about your options. Then have a heart-to-heart with your mentor/thesis-director.
In the meantime, you can play a bit with a live distro for science, such as 'quantian'.
 
Old 01-06-2014, 10:37 PM   #7
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if this is for a doctorate thesis
then WHAT WAS YOUR masters one on ??????
i would have thought it would be a refinement of THAT
 
Old 01-07-2014, 01:40 AM   #8
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I'm also in a PhD program and I have got to say this is a very silly question... why would you be looking to install software if you don't even know what you need it for? You'll just install a bunch of stuff and never end up using most of it.

Once you find yourself needing some tool, then go looking for the software...
 
Old 01-07-2014, 01:55 AM   #9
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Once you find yourself needing some tool, then go looking for the software...
or write the code

many of the tools i use ARE UNIV. code
code wrote FOR a paper or thesis
ipol journal or SIGGRAPH for example
 
Old 01-07-2014, 02:37 AM   #10
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clarifying

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...and....

If you're doing college-level work, do you not realize how poor your question/goal is??
  • If this is your project, then YOU need to do the research.
  • We have no idea what you mean by "software's which can help while researching computer science and engineering". What KIND of software? Researching WHAT? This is much like saying "I want software which can help with automobiles!". Do you mean paint jobs, aerodynamics, fuel management, safety, etc., etc., etc.?????
  • "Better than Windows" is TOTALLY subjective. Better HOW? For someone who's used Windows for years, they will have NO problems with Windows software...the Linux software may be better, but TO THEM, it will be worse.
Think about what you're asking.
@TBOne i am sorry if these words are hurting but your words were indeed hurting me in many ways...
I am sorry for being too general while asking the questions.Forgive me in case I am wrong while stating the facts (and of course correct me), but I personally feel the following about research. There are certain tools which can be useful for ANY type of research. For instance:-

1. Maintaining a catalog of research papers (online or offline)
2. Help in finding the highest cited paper in a particular research area. (may be Oopen Source Community has developed it)
3. Documentation in terms of creating research deliverable such as latex, pdf etc.
4. Modeling software's for better appreciation of concepts independent of the research domain.

Above software's will indeed be generic in nature in that what is useful for a research area might not be useful for another research area.

Now coming to specific research areas, I was looking for software's on Machine Translation and Software Engineering (Analysis and Design). I hope this time I am more clear and specific.

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if this is for a doctorate thesis
then WHAT WAS YOUR masters one on ??????
i would have thought it would be a refinement of THAT
@John VV, Indeed you say is right. Although it is possible to extend the Master's Thesis onto a Phd thesis, yet the main intention herein is to start doing Phd from scratch hence the older work is no longer relevant.

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I'm also in a PhD program and I have got to say this is a very silly question... why would you be looking to install software if you don't even know what you need it for? You'll just install a bunch of stuff and never end up using most of it.

Once you find yourself needing some tool, then go looking for the software...
@jms89 in case of generic software's mentioned above (1-4) its always useful to get installed prior.

Thanking everyone for their replies.
 
Old 01-07-2014, 03:06 AM   #11
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@TBOne i am sorry if these words are hurting but your words were indeed hurting me in many ways...
I am sorry for being too general while asking the questions.Forgive me in case I am wrong while stating the facts (and of course correct me), but I personally feel the following about research. There are certain tools which can be useful for ANY type of research. For instance:-

1. Maintaining a catalog of research papers (online or offline)
Depends on what you are talking about - most people use a file (html references?)... Some use a spreadsheet... a very few use a database, because either there are too many references, or not enough. Too many mean you didn't have time to actually study them... Too few can mean one of two things - 1) the field really is new (unlikely), or didn't find what you wanted.
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2. Help in finding the highest cited paper in a particular research area. (may be Oopen Source Community has developed it)
Asking the nearly impossible there - the "cites" are maintained by each publisher... And finding and joining the list of citations from multiple publishers is not an easy operation- especially those supported by Elsevier (in addition to being expensive).
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3. Documentation in terms of creating research deliverable such as latex, pdf etc.
Lots of help there - TeX is available, as is latex, Open Office/LibrOffice...
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4. Modeling software's for better appreciation of concepts independent of the research domain.
That one isn't clear... Are you talking about modeling the operations of software or modeling 3D designs, creating simulation models, or mathematical models (frequently combined with simulation)?
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Above software's will indeed be generic in nature in that what is useful for a research area might not be useful for another research area.
The only generic item is the documentation. The others are not. There is a LOT of software out there.
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Now coming to specific research areas, I was looking for software's on Machine Translation and Software Engineering (Analysis and Design). I hope this time I am more clear and specific.
Two totally separate fields. Machine translation is a mathematical transformation, knowledge based and is fairly well covered in detail. Remaining areas are natural language processing, automatic translation, and speech analysis/generation. Some fields of AI get here too.

The "Software Engineering (Analysis and Design)" tends to more be about the social activity of engineering...and developing what is thought of as "good practice"... or analysis of algorithms. Some fields of AI get included there too.

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@John VV, Indeed you say is right. Although it is possible to extend the Master's Thesis onto a Phd thesis, yet the main intention herein is to start doing Phd from scratch hence the older work is no longer relevant.
Those that don't understand history are doomed to repeat it. Older work is never irrelevant. The hard part is identifying relevant to WHAT.
 
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:15 AM   #12
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Hi,
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1. Maintaining a catalog of research papers (online or offline)
I still use bibtex for this, but it is no way Linux specific.

Evo2.
 
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:33 AM   #13
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@TBOne i am sorry if these words are hurting but your words were indeed hurting me in many ways...
I am sorry for being too general while asking the questions.Forgive me in case I am wrong while stating the facts (and of course correct me), but I personally feel the following about research. There are certain tools which can be useful for ANY type of research.
No, sorry...unless you have a CLEAR GOAL, there are no 'generic' answers.
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For instance:-
1. Maintaining a catalog of research papers (online or offline)
'Maintaining' how? Storing? Indexing? Full text, images, combinations? How many users? How often are they accessed. This could mean anything from a single USB thumbdrive on a laptop, to an enormous database on a high-availability SAN.
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2. Help in finding the highest cited paper in a particular research area. (may be Oopen Source Community has developed it)
Again, nothing clear about this. 'Highest cited' by WHO? Where does that data come from? How do you want to keep track of it? Are you talking about online or something local/offline? If you want to find papers about a given subject, start with Google. Other sites keep indexes of specific subject matter related papers that you can also look at.
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3. Documentation in terms of creating research deliverable such as latex, pdf etc.
And still, nothing clear. 'Documentation' can be a single page, or thousands...with pictures or not. And what format??? Things like Libreoffice already allow you to create documents. Other tools are available for other formats, but again, you are not clear in your goals/wants.
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4. Modeling software's for better appreciation of concepts independent of the research domain.
'Modeling' WHAT???? 3d Modeling for production/prototyping? Software modeling? Protein modeling? Chemistry???? ALL have modeling packages...but you still don't say which. And 'research domain'? Surely you should realize that doing medical research is far different than mechanical engineering research...yet both are 'research domain', right????
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Above software's will indeed be generic in nature in that what is useful for a research area might not be useful for another research area.
WHICH IS WHY YOU NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR GOALS AND QUESTIONS, ISN'T IT??? You need to say WHAT you're researching and what your goals are...and the software will NOT be 'generic in nature'.
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Now coming to specific research areas, I was looking for software's on Machine Translation and Software Engineering (Analysis and Design). I hope this time I am more clear and specific.
...and if you had said that at the VERY BEGINNING, it would have been better. But again, this is still fairly vague. "Machine translation"...of WHAT? Human-language? Software (from one language to another)? And 'software engineering'??? For what language? Many have VERY specific needs and SDK's required...some do not.
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@John VV, Indeed you say is right. Although it is possible to extend the Master's Thesis onto a Phd thesis, yet the main intention herein is to start doing Phd from scratch hence the older work is no longer relevant.

@jms89 in case of generic software's mentioned above (1-4) its always useful to get installed prior.
jpollard hit on many of these same things. And honestly, if you're doing a doctorate and can't see the problems with your questions, you're not going to have much luck going forward. If you can't identify these VERY broad topics from one another and ask a clear question, you're going to have major problems in doing a thesis.
 
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:18 PM   #14
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seeing as you are looking at VERY generic solutions

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1. Maintaining a catalog of research papers (online or offline)
LibreOffice

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2. Help in finding the highest cited paper in a particular research area. (may be Oopen Source Community has developed it)
LibreOffice

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3. Documentation in terms of creating research deliverable such as latex, pdf etc.
LibreOffice

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4. Modeling software's for better appreciation of concepts independent of the research domain.
I am assumming "flow charts" here
LibreOffice

if 3d modeling then " Blender "
 
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:57 PM   #15
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You seem to be braverly trying to get your feet wet.
I like that
The following are just personal preferences and you may find better options once you dig into the software and refine your needs.
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1. Maintaining a catalog of research papers (online or offline)
{docear}
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2. Help in finding the highest cited paper in a particular research area.
Maybe your local librarian can recommend specific search engines, software/organizations dedicated to catalog, analyse and classify the literature in your field?

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3. Documentation in terms of creating research deliverable such as latex, pdf etc.
{texlive}

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4. Modeling software's for better appreciation of concepts independent of the research domain.
{dia}

Again, these may not be the answers you are looking for but, since your questions are pretty broad, don't blame me for that
 
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