"Scisoft7 - An Astronomical Software Collection"
I have introduced it couple months ago,
so why do I want to review it again?
Hum~That I may have to run IRAF is the main reason.
It includes IRAF and other needing packages,
and the installation is quite easy.
So I think it is the best solution~
for students taking "Observational Astronomy."
If you don't know what it is till now,
let me briefly introduce it again~
Scisoft is a project within ESO to provide a collection of astronomical software utilities in a uniform way at all four ESO sites and to make them available to the outside world. The current version, Scisoft 7 (Beta), June 2007, is only available for Fedora Core 6 Linux. The previous version, Scisoft v6.1 September 2006, was for Fedora Core 3, Scisoft v5 was available for RedHat9 and earlier versions are also available for Solaris 8, Linux Redhat 6.2 and HP-UX 11. In addition a version of Scisoft for Mac OSX has been prepared by Nor Pirzkal and Francesco Pierfederici but it is not an ESO product. -- quotes from its website.
[ For Mac OSX Users ]
There are two versions of Scisoft OSX. The first one is for G4 and G5 ppc based Macs. The second one is Intel specific and will work (fast) on any new Mac Book, Mac Book Pro, or Mac Pro. The two versions contain almost the same packages but the Intel one is the one that will continue to be maintained regularly in the future.
HERE. Plz have a look b4 downloading it~
After installing, do not forget to modify your enviroments~
please go to /scisoft/(all)/bin and list all setup.* files.
Choose the file which depends on the shell you are using,
and edit your startup files.
For example, if you're using BASH,
edit your '.profile' by adding the line~
" . /scisoft/bin/Setup.bash"!