Archive for May, 2009

Working SOFA deb package under testing – release soon

Monday, May 11th, 2009

A working debian package has been created for the SOFA project.  It will be uploaded onto the installation page in the next few days once a few extra test installations have been completed.

Windows and OS X packages are on the agenda once wxWebKit has been packaged for those platforms.

Made first demo deb package successfully

Friday, May 8th, 2009

The instructions kindly provided by Horst Jens  at were very helpful.  There are a few details I have to understand better but it all looks doable.  One gotcha when editing the rules file in gedit – tabs != spaces and manually added tabs are converted into spaces!  Copying and pasting tabs from elsewhere solved the problem.

Working on streamlining manual installation

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Making sure that the program can be manually installed on a clean Intrepid/Jaunty system (see exposed a few issues which have now been resolved.  The default SQLite database now has 1500 records and is indexed.  One of the design goals for the project is easy installation and that is what is being worked on now.

SOFA Statistics Launched

Friday, May 1st, 2009

SOFA is an exciting new statistics program. It is free and focuses on being easy to use. And you can use it on your PC or Mac or Linux computer. SOFA won’t replace sophisticated statistics systems like R, but there is a good chance it will do what you need and do it well.

At the moment, SOFA is focused on tabular output but later versions will include attractive charts and a wider range of analyses.

SOFA can connect directly to your database and lets you display results in an attractive format ready to share or put in a spreadsheet. And the goal is that SOFA will help you learn as you go – whether you are a student, business analyst, or researcher.

This project is in rapid development at the moment so keep watching this space!