CAELinux 2011 has been released bringing with it new versions of its main packages, the computer-aided engineering software it's built for. There aren't that many new features from the previous release, if any, but it does bring newer packages all around, thanks to the updated Ubuntu underneath.
"Today we are really proud to announce our new release: CAELinux 2011," the team announced on the homepage
"CAELinux 2011 is based on Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS 64-bit distribution and contains a unique suite of open source simulation tools like Salome_Meca 2011.2, Code-Aster 11.0, Code-Saturne 2.0.2, OpenFOAM 2.0.1, Elmer 6.2 and many others," the announcement read.
CAELinux 2011 can be seen as a minor update to the previous CAELinux 2010. It's built on the latest LTS Ubuntu, the third update, Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS. As such, many of the standard packages have been updated as well.
Apart from the apps listed above, CAELinux 2011 comes with plenty of other computer-aided engineering and computer-aided design applications as well as more general, scientific-oriented apps.
Note that if you want to use the latest Salome-Meca version, currently 2011.2, you'll have to grab it from its maker's website
"CAELinux 2011 represents a complete update of the distribution with up-to-date software for a better support of modern hardware and a significantly enhanced ease of use, and we hope that you will enjoy it," the team boasted in the announcement.
CAELinux is available as a LiveDVD ISO and only in a 64-bit version. The ISO can be transferred to an USB drive, for better flexibility. Of course, the best option is to install it to a hard drive, for best performance, important to the apps CAELinux was built for.CAELinux 2011
is available for download here