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Mathematica will be baked into future Raspbian releases

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Los Bros Wolfram have thrown their weight behind the Raspberry Pi and its mission to get more kiddies coding, by offering up their signature product Mathematica as a free inclusion in future versions of Raspbian.

Pi Daddy Eben Upton has offered up predictable praise for the offering, saying Wolfram and his mates in the computer-based maths movement are “trying to bring about the same sort of change in the teaching of other subjects that we’re aiming for in computing.”

It looks like Wolfram Research has ported Mathematica to the Pi, as Upton writes he would “like to thank the team at Wolfram Research for the enormous amount of effort they’ve put to get the Wolfram Language and Mathematica running well on the Pi.”

Mathematica will be bundled into future versions of Raspbian, the Pi Foundation's preferred Linux, but there's no word on when a new version will emerge. A quick “sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wolfram-engine” will get the job done if you can't wait.

A series of blog posts on how to put the tool to work is in the works. ®

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