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A free toolchain from molecular vibrations to detailed combustion: How (some) physical chemists and chemical engineers have escaped proprietary software

This talk is titled "A free toolchain from molecular vibrations to detailed combustion: How (some) physical chemists and chemical engineers have escaped proprietary software," and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by Mark Fuller and Kfir Kaplan.

Mark Fuller and Kfir Kaplan are both members of the Kinetics and Chemical Technology laboratory under Prof. Alon Dana at the Technion in Israel. Both Mark and Kfir are active in developing and contributing to free, libre software projects within the scientific community including Cantera, the Reaction Mechanism Generator, and the Automatic Rate Calculator.

This talk is about how -- despite having previously been dominated by commercial, nonfree software -- physical chemistry and chemical engineering research are increasingly performed with free software applications. This presentation will focus on the capabilities and integration of the software and how it provides superior usability and efficiency compared to proprietary offers, and we also provide case studies in its use and development.

Slides: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/a-free-toolchain-from-molecular-vibrations-to-detailed-combustion-how-some-physical-chemists-and-chemical-engineers-have-escaped-proprietary-software-slides/


8 months, 1 week ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.