openSUSE:Science New and Updated in 13.2

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This page lists the new and updated packages from the science project that went into openSUSE 13.2 as compared to the default repositories of openSUSE 13.1. Packages not directly from the science project but nonetheless related to science or engineering (and hosted, for instance, in Education, electronics projects or devel:languages:c_c++, are also listed).

New Applications

These are packages that have already made it to openSUSE 13.2 RC1 released on Oct. 9, 2014. For new packages in Factory but not in 13.2 RC1, see here.

GNU Radio

GNU Radio (latest upstream version 3.7.5) is a free software development toolkit that provides signal processing blocks to implement software-defined radios and signal processing systems. It can be used with external RF hardware to create software-defined radios, or without hardware in a simulation-like environment. It is widely used in hobbyist, academic, and commercial environments to support both wireless communications research and real-world radio systems.


For the first time, Scilab (latest upstream version 5.5.1) , the MATLAB-compatible numerical computation application, is available from the default repository. See the news item here for more details.

Packages for high-energy physics computation

A number of applications and libraries very commonly used for high-energy particle physics computation and simulation has been added to the default openSUSE 13.2 repository (these were available for openSUSE 13.1 and earlier through the addon science repository). These include:

  • Pythia 8.186
  • Rivet
  • YODA
  • HepMC
  • fastjet
  • Herwig++
  • rk
  • cadabra

Updated Applications and Libraries

These are packages that have already made it to openSUSE 13.2 RC1 released on Oct. 9, 2014. For new packages in Factory but not in 13.2 RC1, see here.


Armadillo, a popular linear algebra library in C++ was updated to the latest upstream version 4.450.0, a major feature upgrade to version 3.930.3 available with openSUSE 13.1.


MathGL has been updated to version 2.3 (2.1 in openSUSE:13.1).


The symbolic computation application Maxima has been updated to the latest upstream version 5.34.1 (5.31.3 in openSUSE:13.1).


GNU Octave, a high-level interpreted language primarily intended for numerical computations, has been updated to version 3.8.2 (3.6.4 in openSUSE 13.1). This is a major feature upgrade, in particular, adding a new (as yet experimental) GUI support and direct OpenGL support among many other new features. See here for a summary.


The plotting library PLplot with bindings for a large number of programming languages has been updated to version 5.10.0 (5.9.9 in openSUSE 13.1).


The popular planetarium simulator Stellarium sees a major update to version 0.13.0 (0.12.4 in openSUSE 13.1). It is now built upon the QT5 toolkit and includes a bunch of new features.


Texmaker was updated to version 4.3 (4.0.4 in openSUSE:13.1). This update adds scripting support, a new wizard for beamer presentations, LuaLaTeX support, and a visual diff view for the source viewer.


The GUI plotting software Veusz has been updated to version 1.21.1 (1.18 in openSUSE 13.1). Apart from a number of new features and bug-fixes, it is now available in both python 2 and python 3 flavours (try python3-veusz) from the default repository.

Vtk and Paraview

The large data analysis and visualization applications Vtk and Paraview have been updated to their latest upstream versions 6.1.0 (6.0.0 in 13.1) and 4.2.0-RC1 (4.0.1 in 13.1) respectively. VTK 6.1.0 fixes bugs and adds features on top of the more modular code structure of version 6.0. With about 170 issues resolved, the updated Paraview includes several bug fixes and feature enhancements, notably:

  • A Redesigned Color Map Editor panel
  • Enhancements to Find Data dialog
  • Enhancements for interactions with Plots
  • Support for Python-based views
  • Updates to ParaViewWeb


The wxWidgets-based frontend to maxima was updated to version 14.09.0 (13.04.2 in openSUSE 13.1).

New and Updated in Factory

These are packages that are new/updated in Factory (compared to 13.1) but have not made it to openSUSE 13.2 as of the RC1 version. For packages already in 13.2, see here.

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