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    Default Open Suse and SPSS Statistical Software

    I've been running Open Suse 10.3 for the past year or so and have been relatively happy with it. One thing that has kept me from making the complete migration from Windows to Linux Open Suse is the fact that I use statistical programs (SPSS,STATA, MiniTab) that have been developed specifically for Windows. Recently, however, I found SPSS software specifically designed for Linux. It is a tad more expesnive, but before taking the plunge I needed some help.

    In the System Requirements, the following is noted:

    "Any Linux OS that meets the following requirements:
    Kernel 2.4.33.3 or higher
    glibc 2.3.2 or higher
    XFree86-4.0 or higher
    libstdc++5"

    This may seem like a stupid question, but as for someone not well-versed in Open Suse, what I am wondering is if the commercial version of "Open Suse 10.3" meets those requirements? Where (and how) can I find my system's info on the kernal, glibc, xfree, and libstdc++5???

    Thanks in advance,
    joe
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    Default Re: Open Suse and SPSS Statistical Software

    Those requirements are easy to satisfy.

    Linux kernels are at 2.6 now. You can find the current version with uname -a

    rpm -q glibc shows you that the current version is 2.8

    XFree86 has been surplanted by xorg-x11

    rpm -q compat-libstdc++ shows that the current version is 5.

    All the same, can you arrange for a trial? You never know.

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    Hi Ken!

    Thanks a million for your help on the system information. It will come in handy. I dont' know if SPSS would allow for a trial period or not, but it is worth finding out.

    I know in their student versions for Windows the software only lasts a year and then it no longer operates. This particular version I found (called the Grad Pack) actually works for 4 years and is equal to university SPSS software.

    The only other indication they give after the system requirements is a footnote that SPSS 16.0 had been tested and is supported on Red Hat Enterprize Linux 4 and Debian 3.1.

    I guess that means there's no technical support on other versions of Linux, but should work on those systems meeting the sys. requirements.

    Thanks again,
    joe
    "I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man, like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand." --Bob Dylan

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    Have a look at this thread too, maybe instead of tad more expensive SPSS you will just make a donation to the free GNU PSPP software developers. Also for the other statistical tools you use there might be OSS variants.

    Cheers.

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    Hey Ghost,

    Really appreciate your help....took me about a hour to get the latest version of PSPP installed, and then some system tweaking, but it works well. Very user-friendly interface. Was also able to import all my SPSS datafiles into the PSPP program.

    I think I have it all installed correctly, but one reservation is the lack of any significant graphics like regression curve visualizations or histograms. Is it possible advanced graphics might be available as an add-on? On the other hand,the crosstabs and descriptive stats came out fine.

    joe
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    Well, the kernel for OpenSUSE 10.x is the 2.6.xx kernel, so no worries
    there. SLED 10 SP2, which is based on OpenSUSE 10.x has glibc 2.4.x, so
    that's okay. SUSE distros don't use XFree86 anymore, but they use Xorg
    which is its compatible successor/fork/superior/whatever so I really,
    really doubt there will be a problem there (everybody uses Xorg now).
    OpenSUSE 10.3 also look like it comes with libstdc++ 5.0.7 so that
    should be fine.

    You can tell what you have using Yast for an easy way, or you can grep
    the output of the 'rpm' command like so:

    rpm -qa | grep -i glibc
    rpm -qa | grep kernel

    That doesn't work for something like XFree86 (just need to know history
    of *nix for that) but oh well. I think you should definitely be fine.
    Where they are recommending a 2.4.x kernel or later they're talking
    about a MUCH older version of Linux (2.6.0 came out in 2003) and that's
    not really that surprising... Linux is made to run forever.

    Good luck.





    jmat1960 wrote:
    > I've been running Open Suse 10.3 for the past year or so and have been
    > relatively happy with it. One thing that has kept me from making the
    > complete migration from Windows to Linux Open Suse is the fact that I
    > use statistical programs (SPSS,STATA, MiniTab) that have been developed
    > specifically for Windows. Recently, however, I found SPSS software
    > specifically designed for Linux. It is a tad more expesnive, but before
    > taking the plunge I needed some help.
    >
    > In the System Requirements, the following is noted:
    >
    > "Any Linux OS that meets the following requirements:
    > Kernel 2.4.33.3 or higher
    > glibc 2.3.2 or higher
    > XFree86-4.0 or higher
    > libstdc++5"
    >
    > This may seem like a stupid question, but as for someone not
    > well-versed in Open Suse, what I am wondering is if the commercial
    > version of *"Open Suse 10.3"* meets those requirements? Where (and how)
    > can I find my system's info on the -kernal, glibc, xfree-, and
    > -libstdc++5-???
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    > joe
    >
    >

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