MATLAB R14sp3 On Ubuntu 7.04

A couple of things to be aware of if you’re doing this installation, which i discovered through trial and error 🙂

The machine id used for activation is based on the MAC address of eth0. On my machine, for example, my active interface is primarily the wireless card which is set as eth1. Hence, no machine id available for activation. How to fix?

[email protected]:~$ cat /etc/iftab
# This file assigns persistent names to network interfaces.
# See iftab(5) for syntax.

eth1 mac 00:00:00:00:00:00 arp 1
eth0 mac 11:11:11:11:11:11 arp 1

where 00:00… and 11:11… represent your actual MAC addresses obtained by ifconfig.

My wireless card was eth1, so i simply switched this around so that my wireless is now eth0, rebooted and i now have a machine id with which to activate MATLAB.

Second issue was an error to the tune of: “version GLIBC_2.0 not defined in file libc.so.6” when trying to use the Symbolic Toolkit, particularly. See the MathWorks Technical Solution for more information on this error. The steps they outline there didn’t work for me (it is for Red Hat afterall), but what did work was copying the libmaple.so (provided by MathWorks) into your matlab/glnx/bin directory. See discussion here (in German).

Success. Incidentally, i’m using MATLAB because my university wants me to use it, but otherwise if you need something equivalent in the OSS sphere, try Octave. 😉