Installing Mathematica in Intrepid does not work easily, I figured out that the problem is that you need libstdc++.so.5 installed. So, you should already have getlibs installed if you have a 64-bit system (if you do not, go to http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=474790 and install it from there)
If you have a 64-bit system, in terminal enter:
getlibs -64 libstdc++.so.5
and if you have a 32-bit system, you just need to remove the “-64”.
After installing Mathematica 6.0 in Ubuntu Intrepid 8.10, the bugs in Mathematica 6.0 are still causing the same problems. These are: when you open mathematica, you get two blank windows spawned, and anyhting typed does not show up at all.
A solution to the extra windows spawning is to go to Edit> Preferences > Advanced, then click “Open Option Inspector.” In there go to Notebook Options, then Winodw Properties, and change Window Frame to “Generic”.
Then you can solve the problem of the text not appearing by always launching mathematica with the command “Mathematica -defaultvisual”, however it is annoying to type this every time, so here is a fix so that you don’t have to do that:
hit alt-f2 to open up a launcher, and launch “gksu nautilus” now be VERY CAREFUL, because you are now browsing the computer’s files as root and you can easily mess up everything.
Go to /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Libraries/Linux-x86-64 (or /Linux if you are 32-bit) and rename the files “libQtCore.so.4” and “libQtGui.so.4” to “libQtCore.so.4.backup” and “libQtGui.so.4.backup”.
then close that window, open a terminal, and enter:
getlibs -64 libQtCore.so.4
getlibs -64 libQtGui.so.4
(removing the “-64” if you are using a 32-but OS)
That should be all, Mathematica should work correctly from now on.
Of course, if you have Mathematica 6.0.1, there aren’t any of these problems anyway, but ASU’s license does not include the updates (nobody cares about us Linux users!)