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Linux for Astronomy CDROM Distribution

The Linux for Astronomy CDROM includes major Astronomy packages (e.g., AIPS, ESO-MIDAS, IRAF, NEMO, KARMA, PGPERL, GLISH, StarBase, SAO ASSIST, SAOIMAGE and many more).

Finally, it is possible to run the same packages you previously could use only on expensive workstations. Linux is a full workstation environment (X-windows, networking, NFS, etc). Thanks to recent hardware advances, it is even possible to use a laptop computer.

The `Linux for Astronomy' packages cover data processing fuctions useful in all areas of Astronomy, from pre-processing and enhancing CCD images, to analysing spectra, and photometric data.

Many functions also have applications in other fields such as Medical Imaging, Remote Sensing, Industrial Inspection etc.

Volumes 3 and 4 include a collection of 1.6Gb of Astronomy software built for the Linux operating system. Plus a full Linux distribution, URL database and much more.

Volumes 5 & 6 includes over 3Gb of Astronomical software precompiled for the Linux (x86) operating system. Applications include a wealth of general purpose image and signal processing tools, as well as the state-of-the-art algorithms in use at observatories and universities worldwide. Facilites for processing the data products of the major space-based instruments (Hubble Space Telescope, EUV, Einstein, ROSAT, IUE, etc) are also included.

Current Version:   V3/4/5/6

License Type:   Various (mostly GNU Public License)

Home Site:
Enquiries to

Source Code Availability:   Most packages include source code.

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No (except SAOImage is in Optional,graphics of Debian directory)
  • RedHat RPM Package:   Yes
  • Other Packages:   Packages may be run directly from the cdrom, or copied to a hard disk for increased efficiency.

Targeted Platforms:

Linux on x86

Versions of most packages are available for other U*ix platforms via ftp.

Software/Hardware Requirements:

Linux for x86 processors. 8Mb minmum, 16Mb recommended. cdrom drive, 30Mb (minimum) - 1Gb (maximum) disk space.

Other Links:

Mailing Lists/USENET News Groups:

The AIPS, IRAF and MIDAS groups all have their own sets of News Groups.

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