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Old 09-24-2010, 12:34 PM   #1
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Unhappy MATLAB in ubuntu 10.04 , 64 bit

please help me get matlab running in ubuntu 10.04,(64 bit) . i am in urgent need ...
thanking in advance ..
Old 09-25-2010, 03:00 AM   #2
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In order to help you we need more information.

There may not be much we can do though - matlab is proprietary software so many of its details are secret. If your need is simple (no sparse matrices etc) then you could try octave - it takes very similar syntax and the same m-files.

sudo apt-get install octave

For matlab we need to know how you are trying to install, which version, and where did you get it (i.e. do you own an end-user licence for the copy you are trying to install?).
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i am a student of chemical engg. & i need to work on matlab frm a chemical engg. point of view . I do not own license , nor the capacity to buy the original's. so is there any way i can get matlab in my comp. or should i try matlab using wine/ virtualbox wit windows as OS.

At pesent am using octave 3.2.3 ( latest version ).. but would prefer Matlab as some functions in octave are missing which are compatible with matlab.

Thannk you.
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As Simon Bridge already pointed out, Matlab is a proprietary software and you cannot install it without a valid license. You can either ask your University/College/Tutor to buy a license for Academic use or consider FOSS alternatives. Another chance (other than Octave) is SciLab.
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There is a 64bit Linux version of Matlab, but as mentioned already, if you want to use Matlab you need to get hold of a license for it. Using the Windows version with WINE or in a virtual Windows machine isn't going to help you if you don't have a license and if you have a license, well you can use the 64bit Linux version.

You should ask the IT people where you study if the organisation has a license you can use and check out the computers that they provide for student use (assuming they have some). My University has a site wide license for Matlab, it's available on all the computers that the University provides for both staff and student usage and we can use the license to install it on our own computers.
Old 09-27-2010, 09:44 AM   #6
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Check out SciLab and Octave. I have not tried the former, but the latter's m-files will also run in matlab... usually - and are easy to modify when they use different prebuilds. Octave has speciality chemistry packages as well - look in your repo. Most colleges will accept non-standard math scripting engines anyway ... ask your support people if matlab is mandated. If it is then there will be provision for needy students - usually this will mean working late at college on their machines. It is possible that your college has purchased an academic license which allows them to distribute special copies to students - ask about the gnu/linux version.

The others have already told you about needing a valid licence. Depending on your jurisdiction, installing proprietary software against the terms of the licence is against the law. Often termed "software piracy". In some places it may even be a criminal offence. It is against LQ policies to help people break the laws in their countries... such activities threated LQs existence.

The matlab disk you buy is for windows only. However, if you have a valid license the company will send you a gnu/linux version. This is the best practise method. In a pinch, a licensed matlab sort-of runs in wine.


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