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What is PcLinuxOsAster
To facilitate the diffusion and learning of
"fabulous" open-source finite element software Code-Aster developped by
EDF in France, I have decided to create an easy to use
"zero-installation" distribution of Linux that includes on a single CD
all the tools that you need to perform simple (and also not so
simple...) FEA with Code-Aster.
The PcLinuxOsAster distribution is based on the Live-CD distro
PcLinuxOs 9 (a fork of Mandrake) and so inherits a lot of very
cool features from this distro. Here are some cool features of
- based on PcLinuxOS 9 and so on the well known Mandrake Linux
distribution, which means very easy to use, excellent hardware
detection and compatibility, simple to manage.
- PcLinuxOsAster can be used as a live-CD, so no HDD installation is
required, but if you are pleased with it, you can install it
your harddisk in just three simple steps (you can even resize your
Windows partitions to easily setup a dual boot system).
- sofwares: kernel 2.6, KDE 3.4, OpenOffice 1.1, Firefox (with Java,
Flash, RealMedia), Gimp , multimedia, communication and
development tools (GCC, G77, LAPACK/BLAS, Python, Tcl/Tk, Perl).
- and more specifically: includes the latest Code-Aster v8.1 software
with all the necessary tools to carry out a complete FEA: GMSH, GIBI,
EFICAS, ASTK, METIS, HOMARD, STANLEY,... (allready configured for
general use, with documentation).
- once installed on the harddisk it also allows you to develop code for
Code-Aster as all the pre-requisite are included, as well as the source
code and compilation scripts (all you need is to decompress an archive).
Download the CDRom
image (ISO) (710 Mb):
PCLinuxOsAster is not developped anymore. Look at CAELinux for a similar LiveDVD project
Burning the ISO image:
Once you have downloaded the ISO file, you
just need to burn the image on a classical CD-R/RW (700Mb media should
At the present time, there is just one difficulty: the ISO file is
slightly larger than 700Mb (the official CD capacity). So, if you want
to burn this image, you will need to enable "overburning" in your CD
for example, in K3B (Linux), you can find this option in
"Settings->Configure K3b->Advanced" and in Nero
this option should be in File->Preferences->Expert
Features->Enable Overburn (you may also want to set a limit to
minutes for this option).
If you are using another CD burning tool, try to search for "enable
overburning the-name-of-your-CD-burning-tool" in Google.
To use over-burning, you need to choose the Disk-At-Once (DAO) writing
method (also called DAO/96 in Nero 5) in your burning software.
Then, when the CD is burned, you just need to setup your bios options
to boot from the CD...
1) boot on the CD-ROM, and then, at prompt, simply press enter (you can
also add expert boot options by pressing F2)
2) when the system is loaded, you just need to login as root:
3) finally you can run ASTK (shortcut on the desktop) or GMSH
to begin your FEA with Code-Aster!!
This distribution is now fully functionnal and does not require any
particular knowledge, but it is still at an early stage of development
and as not been tested on a large number of computers. As I am not
currently involved in the development of Code-Aster, I develop this
distribution as a hobby during my week-ends and I cannot guaranty any support on
distribution, but feel free to send me your questions/comments (or even
thanks, it is always encouraging!!): Contact Me
For further help, please refer to the PcLinuxOs website
and to the official Code-Aster website.
I hope that you will all find this contribution usefull, and I wish you
a nice "Asterization".
07/07/2005: The first version of PcLinuxOsAster is availabe (version
• 20/07/2005: a first homepage is published at the
• 26/09/2005: GIBI2000 is not working in version 0.0.1 liveCD, but
if you install PcLinuxOsAster on your hard disk, you can fix this
problem by installing the latest version of GIBI for Linux Kernel
2.6.11 and above: http://www-cast3m.cea.fr.
27/11/2006: The development of PCLinuxOsAster is now stopped. To find a similar Linux distribution with newer softwares and more functionnalities, you can visit the CAELinux project homepage at http://www.caelinux.com.