Ways to run M2:
(All software mentioned above is free.)
- Download and install the stable version from Macaulay2 website.
- Should you have trouble with installation (a common problem for Windows users) and/or desire a developer's version... get a virtual machine (VM), for instance, via VirtualBox.
This will provide Ubuntu 16.04 (username: m2 password: m2) with Macaulay2 installed.
- Install and run VirtualBox.
- Download the .ova file (~1.6Gb, May 2016).
- In the menu, select "File"->"Import appliance" and use the file above.
- The best way to run M2 is from emacs.
- You may want to have at least 5Gb of disk space for this.
- The upper bound on the VM size is set at 8Gb.
Try M2 via a web interface complete with several tutorials.
If you are a Georgia Tech math student you should have access to the School of Math lab computers: M2 is installed on all of them. There is also a restricted access server providing a "try M2" web interface (need a GT login; email me if interested).