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Some Ubuntu programs unavailable

Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:39 pm
by Schrödinger's Cat
There are some packages I had in Ubuntu that I can't find in Mint.

In Ubuntu's Software Manager, the "Science' category was sub-divided into Chemistry, Math, Biology, etc. And under Chemistry was a great app simply called "Periodic Table"

This program isn't listed in Mint's Software Manager, and I also can't seem to find it in Synaptic.

Is it possible to install the package manager from Ubuntu, with the categories setup the way I'm accustomed to? Or at least add all the repositories to Mint?

Re: Some Ubuntu programs unavailable

Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 1:16 am
by JasonLG
Search synaptic for Periodic Table, it's there.

Re: Some Ubuntu programs unavailable

Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 1:20 am
by vrkalak
In the Synaptic Manager, the Periodic Table is listed under:

gperiodic or kalzium or gElemental ... there might be others

BTW ... Mint-9 has all the same repositories as Ubuntu Lucid 10.04

Re: Some Ubuntu programs unavailable

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:04 am
by Schrödinger's Cat
I did find gperiodic, but that's not the one I'm looking for.

I know it sounds silly... a periodic table is a periodic table right? Well, not exactly. To a chemist, that's like saying "Linux is Linux"... But despite the similarities between Mint and Ubuntu, you're all here and not with Ubuntu, and there are the same kinds of nice "little touch" differences between gperiodic and the one I found in Ubuntu. For example, when you click on an element, it brings up a screen with lists of properties. Of special use to me was the bond length in crystals. Other things, like boiling point, vapour pressure, specific gravity were useful too. Basically, I need more than "just a periodic table"

Is it possible that Ubuntu's Software Center was including other repositories that aren't included in Mint? i.e. non-Ubuntu repositories? The Science -> Chemistry menu in Software Center comes up with a dozen different Periodic Table programs... Mint comes up with 1.

Is it possible to install the software manager that has the sub-categories like in Ubuntu's?

Re: Some Ubuntu programs unavailable

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:12 am
by FedoraRefugee
I did a google search for "ubuntu periodic table" and only come up with the three vrkalak mentions. Could it be kalzium you are after?

I would suggest attacking this from the Ubuntu end, try their forums or use Google. Once you find the app you could use the Ubuntu repo or just download the single deb file and right click on it and select install.

There have been rumors of using Ubuntu's new software manager successfully in Mint, but I am not going to recommend it as I have no experience in the matter. My feelings are that it is unnecessary and could cause a good amount of damage to your install.

Re: Some Ubuntu programs unavailable

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:21 am
by Schrödinger's Cat
Oh! Sweet! Gelemental was it!!

Thank you for that! I still wonder why searching for "Periodic Table" in mintinstall doesn't bring up gelemental, when the menu-name for it is exactly "Periodic Table" hmm, confusing... I had to install it to realize they were the same thing. That could get confusing as I make the switch from Ubuntu. Not a deal-breaker though, because Mint has more than enough improvements to overlook that.


Now, what about the categories thing? I really like how Ubuntu sub-divided the "Science" categories, as well as some of the others.

I do really like the ratings system with Mint though. So it's one of those trade-off dealios.

Re: Some Ubuntu programs unavailable

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:56 am
by Kaye
This is so unrelated to everything and might be spam, but I just have to say that I love your username (especially the inclusion of the accent - nice touch)
:)

Re: Some Ubuntu programs unavailable

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 3:27 am
by Schrödinger's Cat
Kaye wrote:This is so unrelated to everything and might be spam, but I just have to say that I love your username (especially the inclusion of the accent - nice touch)
:)
Thanks! Have to admit, while the accent is crucial, it sure is a pain when logging on to new computers :)