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This is FriCAS computer algebra system. FriCAS is a fork of Axiom.
For installation instructions see INSTALL.
The basic goal of FriCAS is to create a free advanced worldclass CAS.
FriCAS builds on Axiom codebase. Currently (September 2007) FriCAS
algebra library is the largest and most advanced free general purpose
computer algebra system  this gives a good foundation to build
on. Additionally, FriCAS algebra library is written in a high
level strongly typed language (Spad), which allows natural expression
of mathematical algorithms. This makes FriCAS easier to understand
and extend.
FriCAS uses lightweight development methodology. Compared to Axiom
FriCAS is significantly restructured  it is more portable and fixed
several defects. FriCAS removed rather large unused parts (without
removing functionality). It is expected that FriCAS will be much
easier to maintain than original Axiom.
Current development goals:
 continue structural improvements
 make it easier for external programs to interface with FriCAS
 develop better user interface
 support for using external mathematical routines from Spad
 developing improved Spad compiler
 add new mathematical algorithms
Waldek Hebisch
