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Install DISLIN 10.6 on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

DISLIN is a very nice and well-documented 2-D and 3-D plotting framework for Fortran and some other programming languages. Furthermore DISLIN provides some widgets to create simple graphic user interfaces (GUIs).

This how-to describes how to install DISLIN (version 10.6) on an arbitrary Ubuntu system (here: 16.04 – Xenial Xerus) and how to compile and link a sample Fortran 90 program with the shared and static libraries.

This how-to should work on Ubuntu-related distributions as Linux Mint, etc.

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Install Octave on Mac OS X El Capitan

To install GNU Octave on a Mac is not as easy as on Microsoft Windows® or GNU/Linux.

Ready-to-use App bundles are outdated and/or do not run reliably. The installation with a package manager as MacPorts or Home Brew does not work out-of-the-box.

This How-To describes how to install Octave 3.8.2 with MacPorts (Version 2.3.4) on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). It shows how to avoid pitfalls and workaround bugs. Finally it gives some hints regarding configuration.

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Java-Update simple and automatic

For security reasons a lot of professional users work with standard user privileges. Nevertheless installations, updates, etc can be done by the administrator entering the administrator password without log out and log in as an dedicated administrator. There is one exception: Java.

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Other spell-checking language in MdCharm

To add another language in the spell checker of the markdown editor MdCharm in Windows or GNU/Linux, download the desired  dictionary (*.oxt) of OpenOffice. Unzip it with e.g. 7-Zip (Windows) or e.g. Roller (GNU/Linux) and copy the aff– and dict-files to the folder “spellcheckdict” of the MdCharm installation.

Java’s Swing GTK LaF nice and pretty on Ubuntu

In Ubuntu Java apps which use Swing’s GTK Look and Feel (LaF) do not appear as native applications.

The menus does not have borders and do not appear as app menus on the top of the screen nor provide HUD support. The fonts on buttons and dialog boxes are thinner and do not match to the native look and feel.

This how-to describes step by step how you improve the GTK LaF of Java’s Swing apps. Continue reading Java’s Swing GTK LaF nice and pretty on Ubuntu

Display Java’s Swing menus correctly in Linux Mint’s GTK LaF

Since GTK 3 has been introduced Java Swing applications have a bug in displaying their menus when using the GTK Look and Feel (LaF).

At Linux Mint Cinnamon:

  • No border around dropdown and context menus
  • Wrong font color of activated checkbox and radiobutton menu items (the font has the same color as the background and appears unvisible)
  • No menu separators

In the web there are some fixes and workarounds but just one solves the problem on Linux Mint 17 completely (see section “Interesting Links” below).

This How-To shows how to fix the problem and offers a bash script to get rid of this problem on Mint 17.x automatically.

For Ubuntu find a small hint below.

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