Scientific Applications on Linux (SAL)Scientific Applications on Linux (SAL)

SAL (Scientific Applications on Linux) is a collection of information and links to software that will be of interest to scientists and engineers. The broad coverage of Linux applications will also benefit the whole Linux/Unix community. There are currently 3,070 entries in SAL.

«Are there any applications for Linux?» Now you can reply with confidence: «There are thousands of software for Linux!» One of the proof is SAL’s (Scientific Applications on Linux) web page. As of October, 1999, there are more than 2,500 software entries in the SAL database, available for scientists, engineers, and the whole Linux/Unix community! Thanks to all of you SAL users who gave us valuable corrections, contributions and suggestions, and thanks to many software authors who participated in our project and offered more information to the pages.

What is SAL ?

SAL (Scientific Applications on Linux) web page is a collection of information and links of software (from public domain to commercial and anything in between) that scientists and engineers will be interested in. The software listed in SAL is usually ported/developed or known to work on Linux platforms. The broad coverage of the applications will also benefit the whole Linux/Unix community, and the central goal of SAL’s project is to promote the use of Linux in the academic/research/high-tech fields. If you find SAL useful, please tell people around you about it.

SAL is not just another software repository. The most important SAL feature is how we construct and maintain the information database. For example, SAL not only waits for the software author to submit their software information, but also actively looks for software that is available for Linux. SAL’s team also tries to keep the information in SAL’s database as current as possible. To achieve that, we ask software authors to contact us for any change of information on the page, and SAL’s team even contacts them regularly to acquire any necessary updates. Don’t be surprised to see the information in SAL’s pages more current than what’s on the softwares’ home pages.

SAL is a never ending project, as new items are added continuously and information is constantly being updated. We certainly welcome your suggestions and comments to help make SAL better.


USA http://SAL.KachinaTech.COM
Brazil (Curitiba)
Italy (Rome)
Italy (Torino)
New Zealand
Russia (Dubna)
Russia (Moscow)
Russia (Novosibirsk)
Slovak Republic
South Korea
United Kingdom

Copyright and Distribution of SAL ?

SAL is copyrighted by Dr. Herng-Jeng Jou and Kachina Technologies, Inc. and it can be freely redistributed under GPL version 2 or later, or otherwise as stated by the owners of the individual files included in SAL.

Would you like to help improve SAL?

Since SAL belongs to the entire Linux community, you can certainly help to improve SAL. SAL especially welcomes the following information:

Are all links and information correct? Can you help us find the correct URL for broken links in SAL?
Typos? Grammatical errors?
New contributions to SAL?
Debian and/or RedHat binary packages information?
If you have used any software mentioned in SAL, would you like to offer some User Comments to that software (anonymously if you like)?
Misplaced software which should belong to other sections? Or should have a link from other sections?
What other sections would you like to see in SAL?
Any other ideas you can offer.

SAL History:

It started as my personal netscape bookmark file in 1993.
After seeing many Linux users pose questions like «Is there any Matlab like software available free for Linux?», I decided to create a web page «Some Free Scientific Applications under Linux» in May, 1995, when I first acquired http server access.
Here is what the October 1995 issue of Linux Gazette said about it: «Herng-Jeng Jou has an absolute killer homepage that is a must-have for anyone’s Linux bookmarks. It’s an annotated listing of freely available scientific software packages. At almost 85K, it is a HUGE service. It is truly a tour de force and well worth the visit to HJ’s page.» Well, compare to what SAL has now, it was tiny at that moment.
It was renamed «Scientific Applications on Linux» in early 1996.
Starting from the end of Nov. 1996, SAL became a joint project between Kachina Technologies, Inc. and myself. We started working on a whole new SAL with an improved web layout, extended repository, restructured database, and many associated utilities for organizing SAL.
After several internal alpha pre-releases, the official beta version was released on Apr. 12, 1997.
The number of software entries in SAL’s database exceeded 1,000 on May. 27, 1997. In the meantime, we received many user feedback, suggestions, and comments, thank you all!
Official release is on July 10, 1997.
Linux Gazette has revisited SAL in the August 1997 issue.
Includes Java applets to help navigate within SAL, Dec. 19, 1997.
Featured Editorial in Freshmeat, May 30, 1998.
Banner advertising in SAL started June 1998.
The SAL database exceeded 2,000 entries on October 8, 1998!