Q: Are BLAS routines available for Linux?

I am considering Linux, and will use it primarily for heavy-duty numerical calculations, and often call upon BLAS subroutines in my C code to rapidly multiply matrices, etc. Are such routines available under Linux? I heard Intel was making a package for NT, and Sun certainly has packages available for their workstations, but I don't know what the status is when using Intel processors under Linux.

A: Try: http://ceu.fi.udc.es/SAL/B/0/LAPACKBLAS.html

It's not in Red Hat by default, but the RPM package means it can be installed under Red Hat or Caldera.

[Addendum, December 2000: Beware of assuming that RPM packages are installable without problems on any RPM-based distribution. Red Hat, SuSE, Caldera Open Linux, and the others store key system files in different places and have divergent designs in a number of ways, so that you can damage your system by installing an RPM intended for some other distribution. Major RPM repositories such as rpmfind.net carefully list which RPM-based distribution each offering is for. Please heed those indicators.]