2013 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A Live and Open Source Linux distribution dedicated to scientific computing and based on Ubuntu

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CAELinux is an open source Linux distribution based on the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, and geared towards CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) tasks.

Distributed as a 64-bit Live DVD

It is distributed as a single, 64-bit compatible Live DVD ISO image that be deployed on a USB flash drive or burned on a blank DVD disc. A virtual machine image for deploying CAELinux on Amazon EC2 is also available for download.

The project is actually based on the current LTS (Long Term Support) of the Xubuntu Linux operating system, which provides users with a customized Xfce desktop environment. The Live DVD can be used as-is or installed on a disk drive using the Ubuntu installer.

Boot options

The boot medium can be used to start the currently installed operating system, run a memory test, install the distribution directly, or use the safe graphics mode in case your video card is not recognized by the default option.

It features a complete and advanced software solution dedicated to professional 3D CAE and FEA analysis which varies from CAD geometry to OpenFOAM CFD and Code-Saturne solvers.

Includes CAE/FEA apps

Among some of the included CAE/FEA apps, we can mention GNU Octave, Scilab, Rkward, a Salome 3D pre/post processor, a GMSH 3D pre/post processor, enGrid and Netgen 3D meshers, Code_Aster multi- physics and non-linear FE solver, wxMaxima, and the Elmer multiphysics suite.

In addition, the LibreCad, SagCad, GCAM, PyCAM, OpenSCAM, Calculix, MBDyn, Freecad, OpenSCAD, dxf2gcode, CURA, Code-Saturne, Impact FEM, Paraview, EnGrid, Helyx-OS, Discretizer, Elmer GUI, Tetgen, Netgen, Meshlab, CGX, KiCad, Arduino, Fritzing, Qt Creator, Texmaker, GIMP, Lyx, Jabref, and Inkscape applications are also included.

One of the best open source solution for computer-aided engineering

CAELinux is one of the best open source solution for computer-aided engineering and finite element analysis. It can also be used for computer aided design and manufacturing, scientific computing, electronics design, mathematical modelling, and general programming.

CAELinux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on November 1st, 2014

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