what is the title of mathematics software you're using?? share it please!! ^_^
Maxima (computer algebra)
Derive (computer algebra - being phase out in favour of Maxima)
Matlab (numerical computation if I have no option)
FreeMat (as a substitute for Matlab on my computers)
Euler (numerical computation and presentation graphs)
Python (numpy/scipy, testing to see if can replace Euler)
C (for embeded DSP)
OpenOffice (drawing diagrams)
LyX/LaTeX (mathematical report writing)
Gnumeric (statistical/numeric spreadsheet modelling)
PaintShopPro v4 (preparing illurstrations for reports)
PDF viewers (viewing the output of LyX/LaTeX)
GhostScript/GhostView (viewing the output of LyX/LaTeX and manipulating eps)
Microsoft math (nice for work with real and complex numbers, and 2D/3D ploting)
MATLAB (but this is used for more complex things than just doing and solving math problems, but extremely good software)
all of these and of course those that CaptainBlack mentioned are pretty cool, but advice is to use them for checking your work
check this Wolfram|Alpha—Computational Knowledge Engine
So far it's alright. I have used Python with scipy and numpy in the past, and really like that combo.
Maxima looks interesting, havn't heard of it before. Thanks.
I think you will find that many people prefer to substitute "free" open source packages like Freemat, scilab, Octave, python + numpy etc for Matlab since they offer much of the functionality that Matlab has to offer. I find for number crunching I can usually do the same with any of the open source packages however its my opinion that Matlab is still light years in front in terms of graphics for 3d plotting etc. I cant wait for the day that there is easy and seamless 3d plotting for python - I cant get any of the packages on the net working well enough to justify making the move completly away from Matlab.
Also it is so slow to boot that you could go to lunch while waiting.
there should not be any problems, few years ago i found one "oldtimer" with 2 inch of dust on it ( P3 with 533MHz, 512 MB, GeForce 16BM, and with XPsp2 ) and installed MATLAB (although it was MATLAB v7) on that piece of junk and it worked relatively fine
and my friend from school continue to use that machine just for laughs for the school (and never complained much, as far as MATLAB goes)
until i upgrade it, my was here and there same characteristic as your computer and i had no complains on performance of loading or any work for that matter, with that great piece software in that time it booted faster then let's say 3DS MAX (v8 and above) , perhaps because i had tons of plugins for Max but never the less so as MATLAB have huge pieces to be loaded before use
perhaps it's just matter of relative time, but as i remember that never could take more than 10 seconds i could be wrong, but just to make sure i'll probably install it and try (pay attention on boot time )
hmmm... i wonder if that P3 could push the new version if can i'll definitely must record that