I have used Maxima on Windows, and I'm now trying to install it in my laptop, which has Ubuntu 16.04 as its operative system. To do it I typed the following in the terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install maxima

It worked, but then I type "maxima" in the terminal, Maxima opens inside the terminal (like Python) and not as a program with a GUI, as it happens in Windows. Is this the way it works in Ubuntu, or am I installing just a basic version of Maxima? How can I get a version like the one that runs on Windows, if this is possible?

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You have two options:

  • wxmaxima: GUI application for maxima

    Install running:

    sudo apt install wxmaxima
  • xmaxima: X-interface

    Install running:

    sudo apt install xmaxima
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    Thank you so much! wxmaxima is what I was looking for. :) Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 20:11

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