A blog about free research software, alternative to commercial paid software.

One way to help people is to share your knowledge with those who could benefit from it. As a researcher , constant effort to solve scientific problems have exposed me to various scientific resources that can be accessed free of charge. Especially these knowledge is useful to labs and institution unable to access expensive software or novice users due to lack of expertise. In this blog, I have provided a comprehensive list of freely available softwares, alternative to commercial software. I shall share with you all that I have learned, as I make the changes or learn something new, I shall document them. Hope this blog will help those finding the way………….

Research software and books

Jan 25, 2011

Enthought python

Python is a great programming language and has several libraries and packages that can be used as a tool in scientific discipline from mathematical sciences to bioinformatics. But installing various libraries and packages for specific functionality can be needlessly complicated and frustrating. The basic version of  python lacks all the libraries needed for scientific  application for researchers. Now the obvious question is looking for a python version that has all these pre-built  libraries installed .

Enthought Python Distribution (EPD) comes loaded with all sorts of tools and functionality needed for scientific computation for researchers. EPD is produced and supported by Enthought, a scientific computing company that creates and uses very powerful tools for data analysis and visualization for research. EPD is availabe for free to academics. The academic version of EPD is a fully functional installation of the software that can be used indefinitely by students and employees at degree-granting and research institutions. Included in the EPD distribution are about 75 or more Libraries various application.