CAELinux is a new (2007) live DVD Linux distribution which includes multiple open source software packages for computer-aided engineering (CAE) tasks such as computer-aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA) and visualization, including:
|CAD/meshing||General FEA||Fluid dynamics||General tools||Visualization|
A Linux distribution is a fully-functioning Linux-based operating system and application suite, the Linux equivalent of a Windows install CD but also including substitutes for Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quicken, databases, file and web server, and other software. Well-known general Linux distributions include: RedHat Enterprise Linux, SUSE LINUX by Novell, Debian GNU/Linux, and Ubuntu Linux by Canonical, which Dell pre-installs on some systems. In general, there are two families of distributions: the RedHat family uses the RedHat Package Manager format (.rpm files) for software packages, and the Debian family uses the Debian package format (.deb files). CAELinux is based on PCLinuxOS, which is in the RedHat family of distributions.
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