asks: "I'm a physics student in the US working with a group
of physicists, mostly from Africa, who are interested in helping their colleagues on the continent obtain free software for
scientific and educational use. Often, many science
departments in Africa have little or almost nonexistent
funding to purchase new software packages, especially for
scientific research or education. Some know of the free
software available but say it takes up large amounts of time
over often slow internet connections to find and obtain it. I am asking for any recommendations on freeware or open source software, for any operating system, that anyone knows about. We are looking at the Debian version of Linux for a lot of the great software
that comes with it but resources for MS Windows would be
helpful as well."
"Free educational software of any level is
appreciated though we prefer college and graduate level
software. Also, field specific software is great, e.g.
software for condensed matter physics. Eventually we'll
probably combine the software on CDs to be distributed to
these scientists. Any help is appreciated especially with
programs that perform simulations, mathematical
and statistical analysis and plotting, compilers, lab software, etc. The users of the software will most likely be physicists or mathematicians."