Getting started with CAELinux
J.Cugnoni, [www.caelinux.com www.caelinux.com], 2006
- Welcome & Licence terms
- Introduction tutorial
- Softwares included in CAELinux Beta 3
- Installing & upgrading CAELinux
Welcome & Licence terms:
First of all, we would like to thank you for your interest in CAELinux which we hope will fullfill your needs in Computer Aided Engineering. This Linux distribution is based on the excellent PCLinuxOS system and includes an allways increasing number of open source modelling, simulation & design softwares. Most of the content (99%) of CAELinux is provided under the well known GPL or LGPL (Gnu Public Licence) which allows you to freely use and redistribute these softwares but a small number of packages have their own licencing terms (GraphiteOne for example). If you intend to use this distribution for commercial work, it is your responsibility to verify the licencing terms of the softwares that you are using. The authors of the distribution are not responsible for these licencing aspects and this distribution and all the included softwares are provided without any warranty.
For a very quick introduction to CAELinux capabilities, you should follow our Introduction Tutorial here:
Softwares included in CAELinux Beta 3
Here is a non exhaustive list of CAE software packages included in
CAELinux as well as some key informations to get started. Some of the
softwares can be started from Desktop shortcuts or from the CAE start
menu, but most of the console based tools will require that you use our
special shell called 'Command line tools' (in CAE start menu).
|Software||Use||How to start||Installation
|Salome v3.2.1||3D CAD,
|Salome shortcut on desktop & in CAE start menu||/opt/salome||- HTML doc accessible inside the application
- Tutorials in /opt/helpers/docs
|Code Aster STA8.3||multiphysics FE analysis||Create a new FE analysis from templates with New FE Study shortcut on Desktop or directly use the interface called ASTK||/opt/aster||- French documentation available from EFICAS.
- English doc (automatic translations) in
/opt/helpers/docs/CodeAsterEnDoc, use SearchHelp.py from this
directory to search for keywords in the English docs.
- Tutorials in /opt/helpers/docs
|Impact||explicit FE dynamics||use shortcut in CAE start menu or start /opt/Impact.sh||/opt/impact||- Documentation available from the interface
- Examples in installation directory
|multipurpose CFD oriented solvers||use 'Command line tools' from CAE start menu or start FoamX interface from CAE menu or /opt/FoamX.sh||/opt/OpenFOAM||- Examples & tutorials in /opt/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.2|
|Elmer v4.0||multiphysics FE package||use the shortcut from CAE start menu or start 'ElmerFront' from CAE 'Command line tools' console||/opt/elmer||- Documentation in /opt/elmer
- Examples in /opt/elmer/ELMER4.0
- mesh converter from Salome:
|Calculix||pre-post & FE solver, Abaqus-like
|from CAE 'Command line tools': start 'ccx' for Calculix solver & 'cgx' for pre-post GUI||/opt/calculix||- Documentation in /opt/calculix/doc
- Examples in /opt/calculix/example
- mesh converter from Salome:
|GMSH||Scriptable & general purpose geometry modelling, meshing and post processing||use shortcut on desktop & start menu, or type 'gmsh' from 'Command line tools console'||/opt/aster/outils/
|- tutorials & demos in installation directory|
|Gerris flow solver||2D / 3D CFD solvers based on automatic octree mesh refinement||use from 'Command line tools' console:
gerris2D, gerris3D, gfsview2D, gfsview3D etc..
|/opt/gerris||- examples & tests in installation directory|
|GraphiteOne||2D & 3D CAD system||start 'graphiteone' from a console||/usr/bin||Free for personnal use, but not an 100% open-source package !!|
|BRL-CAD||2D / 3D CAD||start 'mged' from 'Command line tools' console||/usr/brlcad||- Documentation & examples in installation directory|
|MBDyn||multibody dynamics||from 'Command line tools' console: start 'mbdyn'||/opt/mbdyn||- Documentation & examples in installation directory
- use 'mbdyn2easyanim.sh' & 'EasyAnimx' for visualization
|Tochnog||statics & dynamics FE solver||from 'Command line tools' console: start 'tochnog'||/opt/tochnog||- Documentation & examples in installation directory
|OpenFlower||3D CFD solver|| from 'Command line tools' console: start interface 'OpenFlowerGUI'
or solver 'OpenFlower'
|/opt/openflower||- Documentation & examples in installation directory|
|GetDP||general PDE solver||from 'Command line tools' console: start solver 'getdp'||/opt/getdp||- Documentation & examples in installation directory
- can be started from GMSH
|Octave||MATLAB compatible mathematical programming||from shortcuts on desktop or CAE menu, or type 'octave' in any console||/usr/bin||- Help available from within the octave shell, with the 'help' command|
|Scilab||Matlab/Simulink-like mathematical programming environment||from shortcuts on desktop or CAE menu, or type 'scilab' in any console||/usr/bin||- Help, examples, demos available from within the Scilab GUI|
|XMaxima||Maple like symbolic computing environment||from shortcuts on desktop or CAE menu, or type 'xmaxima' in any console||/usr/bin||- Help, examples, demos available from within the XMaxima GUI|
|Paraview||general purpose 3D visualization software||from 'Command line tools' console: start '/opt/paraview.sh' or 'paraFoam' for OpenFOAM specific post pro||/opt/OpenFOAM/linux/
|- Help in OpenFOAM documentation|
|QCAD||2D CAD program||from Office/Graphs menu or type 'qcad' from any console||/usr/bin|
|other usefull tools||Several usefull tools, documents and examples are provided in /opt/helpers directory:
- CreateJob.py : GUI to create a Code-Aster FE analysis from template & Salome MED mesh
Installing & upgrading CAELinux
Thanks to the very simple PCLinuxOS installer, you can very quickly
turn your LiveDVD based CAELinux environment to a full featured hard
disk install which will let you customize and update your system as you
may want. We will not detail the installation steps here, but we highly
recommend that you read the documentation on the PCLinuxOS Wiki section
at http://www.pclinuxos.com. To install CAELinux Beta 3 on hard disk,
you will need at least 10Gb of free space on an ext3 partition and
preferably 1Gb on a Linux Swap partition (use PCLinuxOS disk
partitionning tool to resize or create your partitions & BACKUP
your data FIRST).
After installation, you will be able to customize your OS, install new
packages & update your system (kernel, 3D drivers etc...) with the
very efficient PCLinuxOS Control Center (in Menu->Configuration).
From there, you will be able to configure all the aspects of the system
and directly install & update softwares from Internet with the
Synaptics software package manager.
For more information about the OS, drivers, kernel, etc.. please visit http://www.pclinuxos.com
For any other question regarding CAELinux or one of the included software, you can visit our forums at http://www.caelinux.com