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<p>Mathematical software of one kind or another has been around since the 1960's. There are a number of
+<p>Mathematical software of one kind or another has been around since the 1960's. There are a number of
proprietary ones, of course, but a number of free programs have been heavily used as well. In symbolic
href="http://pari.math.ubordeaux.fr/">Pari</a> in number theory, and so forth. <a href="http://www.geogebra.org/cms/">Geogebra</a>
<p>But many other programs are proprietary. This particularly bothered the founder of Sage, William Stein,
computational number theory, but then not be able to afford the software it was implemented in. Starting
from scratch, he started a new program based on the Python language to glue together many other pieces.</p>
<p>Over the past six years, these pieces (including Maxima, GAP, and Pari, and hopefully soon to include Geogebra)
were added to thousands (FIXME: millions?) of lines of new code to provide a system that is licensed
in such a way that improvements to it will never be the matter of paying for an upgrade. FIXME: obviously
+<p>Over the past several years, these pieces (including Maxima, GAP, Pari, MathJax, and many others)
+a system that is licensed in such a way that improvements to it will always be fully available to the
+<p>This approach is also quite friendly to pedagogy, because we can actually point students to the underlying
+<p>Though Sage's mission is to be a viable alternative to similar proprietary software, the developers do not
+of interface and goal. There are examples of people using WeBWorK, LaTeX, Geogebra, Sage, and Moodle together
+<p>If that vision of cooperation for the community excites you, there are many ways to contribute to Sage. Here
+<li>Just telling us about your experiences using Sage helps improve it! For instance, contributing your
+pedagogical thoughts to the <a href="https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/sageedu">sageedu Google
+<a href="http://aleph.sagemath.org/">Sage cell server</a> allows caching of common requests, like "2+2".</li>
+<li>If you find what appears to be an error or have some functionality you wish were in Sage but isn't yet, then all
+of the places mentioned in the section on <a href="Help.html" class="internal">help</a> are great places to ask. For
+those who don't mind signing up for a developer account on <a href="http://trac.sagemath.org/sage_trac/">the Sage Trac</a>
+of bugs and enhancement requests, you can create a ticket there complete with details of what went wrong.</li>
+<li>Finally, for those who don't mind actually typing a little bit in the actual files or have some programming experience,
+<a href="https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/sagedevel">Sage developer list</a> for details:
+<li>No matter how trivial, fixing bugs, typos, and documentation errors is the way many of us first moved
+<li>And naturally, for those with more significant background  or the willingness to learn  there are
+all kinds of programming projects, with as little or as much mathematical content as one would like.</li>
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<a href="http://www.sagenb.org" target="_blank" class="external" title="Open external site in a new window">the
examples you like in the section <a href="Mathematics.html" class="internal">Doing Mathematics with Sage</a>!
When you have a question, you can refer to the appropriate section in <a href="Intro.html" class="internal">An
<a href="Classroom.html" class="internal">How to Use Sage in the Classroom</a>. We also have tips on things
+<a href="http://www.sagenb.org" target="_blank" class="external" title="Open external site in a new window">the
+public Sage notebook server</a> at the University of Washington, or go to the <a href="http://aleph.sagemath.org"
+target="blank" class="external" title="Sage cell server">Sage cell server for single commands</a>, and then start trying the
+examples you like in the section <a href="Mathematics.html" class="internal">Doing Mathematics with Sage</a>!
+When you have a question, you can refer to the appropriate section in <a href="Intro.html" class="internal">Getting Started
+<a href="Classroom.html" class="internal">How to Use Sage in the Classroom</a>. We also have tips on things
stepbystep instructions in the first section. On the other hand, if you are already very familiar
with such systems and want to see what more Sage can do for you, we refer you to the companion article,
+stepbystep instructions in the first section. These take you from creating an account on a Sage server
+with such systems and want to see what more Sage can do for you, we refer you to the companion article,