OT mathtrax, gnuplot octave etc?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Tue Feb 6 20:16:25 UTC 2018

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On Tue, 6 Feb 2018, Linux for blind 
general discussion wrote:

> Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2018 14:44:16
> From: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com>
> To: blinux-list at redhat.com
> Subject: OT mathtrax, gnuplot octave etc?
> Good day,
> This is Willem van der Walt here.
> This is some what off topic, but I hope there might be some people 
> knowledgable in these things that can help with this.
> I am taking our linux-based SA-Note to a school for the blind likely next 
> week.
> I wanted to see if there is a mathtrax program that runs under linux, but 
> could not find anything current.
> The NASA links I had saved before seem broken and so does the ones I find on 
> google.
> Can anyone tell me what happened to the project?
> I would also like to be able to show the people to use gnuplot, but have 
> never worked with it myself.
> The same goes for octave.
> One or two simple examples would likely be enough to get their interest.
> This is against the background that this particular school is the only one of 
> the 22 schools for the blind that still offer maths and science as a subject 
> until the end of high school.
> Any tips related to maths and science open-source or free software will also 
> be welcome, even if it is for other operating systems.
> In   South Africa, there is a subject they call IT which can be selected for 
> the last three years of high school, but none of the mensioned schools has it 
> as an option.
> In this subject the kids are tought programming, a job which us blind people 
> can do.
> I did not realize the situation is so bad these days, as in my time, 34 years 
> ago, I took both science and maths at such a school and  no one thought it 
> was such a big deal.
> I will have very little time to spend on playing with the tools before I have 
> to go there, and what I remember about maths is dangerous.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> TIA, Willem
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