Just some random notes about MATLAB.

Curve fitting toolbox GUI hangs

If I try to use the curve fitting toolbox by typing cftool into the MATLAB prompt, the cftool GUI loads but it hangs before allowing me to do anything.  I’m on Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit and I’ve tried Matlab R2011b and R2012a.  This problem has been discussed on Matlab Central and the solution seems to be to start matlab with matlab -softwareopengl (which works for me).