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When will a Windows cygwin version be available/stable

asked 2011-09-09 01:09:29 -0500

Tom26 gravatar image

I apologise if this question is not suitable for this site.

As the subject line suggests, I'm looking for any information on when people think a cygwin version of sage which can run on Windows in a reasonably stable way may be available. Any slightly-educated guesses would be much appreciated!!

I've been trying to find a CAS to call home for some time now (after trying Maxima, Octave, Sympy/Scipy in Pythonxy, Spacetime... you get the idea :) ). For my needs, SAGE is superior to all of these in many ways, but the lack of a native port is a significant hurdle, and I've been tossing up buying a student version of Mathematica, which of course I wouldn't want to do if a SAGE port of sorts is around the corner.


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answered 2011-09-10 14:44:21 -0500

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This question is fine. The best answer I can give you is "whenever enough people have time to make it that way". There are three-five people who have been giving it effort over the last several years, but there is not a dedicated resource for doing this, and none of the ones who are doing it have Windows as a native system (I run it in Parallels, for instance).

The current status is that Sage builds fine every time except Maxima (esp. on Windows 7), and there is at least one bizarre segfault on startup. In addition, even when Maxima builds, for some unknown reason we get an importation error to use it for calculus (Maxima itself works fine using ./sage -maxima).

But Sage has built and run in the recent past, with relatively few errors (mostly in fairly technical code for elliptic curves), so these are certainly surmountable obstacles. WHEN they will be surmounted is hard to say. There simply aren't enough people willing to try building and testing (which, on Windows, does take some time) who also have the know-how to fix these issues.

As to your more immediate problem, I suggest using Sage via a notebook server, or perhaps trying out the "LiveCD" version, though that doesn't seem to have been updated for a while. I assume the VirtualBox solution was not adequate for you? It isn't ideal, it's true.

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Thanks very much for your time. I think I'll just keep using a notebook server, and just wait it out :) I would offer to help, but I've got next to no programming experience at anything remotely close to building something like this :)

Tom26 gravatar imageTom26 ( 2011-09-11 16:12:48 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-04-04 12:07:14 -0500

A Windows installer is now available, though not based on Cygwin.

This installer is in alpha testing, any alpha testers please send feedback!

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