I've been able to build, in my personal repository under KDE4, the RPM files for the following packages:
maxima-5.20.1 which I downloaded as a source tarball.
wxmaxima-0.8.4 which I downloaded as a source tarball.
gcl-2.6.8pre which I got from CVS.
These supersede the versions that are available in the PCLinuxOS repository except for wxmaxima, which is not currently in the PCLinuxOS repository. The wxmaxima package is a GUI frontend for maxima which I find somewhat like Mathcad under MSWindows and which I like better than xmaxima, the Tcl/Tk frontend provided with maxima. The folks at maxima may not agree with me on that subject.
I'm almost ready to do the same for the following, which are upgrades to the above:
maxima-5.21.1plus which I got from CVS.
wxmaxima-0.8.5 which I downloaded as a source tarball.
I'd like to mention that I had help from the people who build the software listed above in getting the CVS source files and I'd like to voice my appreciation for their assistance. I would have had much more difficulty packaging without their assistance.
Sometime in August of this year there will be an official release of:
maxima-5.22.0 as a source tarball which I will try to package.
and there might be another release of wxmaxima also.
As I mentioned, these were packaged under PCLinuxOS-2010-KDE4 so there might be issues with dependencies since I did not use MiniMe as the system for my packaging efforts. I suppose I could set up a MiniMe system just for packaging if necessary.
Is there any interest in upgrading the PCLinuxOS repositories with my home-built RPM files and if so, how do I go about doing so? Keep in mind that I'd recommend waiting until after August because there are known issues with maxima in the versions I've mentioned, but I also know maxima will probably always have unresolved issues because it is a work-in-progress.