For the 32bit student edition 2008b
Just install (might require a few extra packages, but then can be install via pacman. (I will try to make a list when I install next)
For graphical install and interface libxp is needed.
pacman -S libxp
Install from iso file
modprobe loop mount -o loop matu2k8b.iso /media/iso/ /media/iso/install
To start off with we need to install a bunch of lib32 packages, not all found with pacman. Check the AUR for the lib32-libxp package.
$ pacman -S lib32-mesa $ pacman -S lib32-glibc $ pacman -S lib32-libxmu $ pacman -S lib32-zlib $ pacman -S lib32-ncurses $ pacman -S lib32-libxtst $ pacman -S lib32-libxi
$ yaurt -S lib32-libxp $ yaurt -S lib32-libxpm
My system is not a fresh install so there may be some other packages needed.
Once they are installed
$ ./install -glnx86
You will then be able to guide the installer through the install process.
As one installs matlab, it might complain that there isn't a package, for the most part just look at the package name and then install it with pacman, or in the case of x86_64 there are some libraries only in AUR.
Nvidia OpenGL Acceleration
Once matlab is installed type
>> opengl info Version = 2.1.2 NVIDIA 177.82 Vendor = NVIDIA Corporation Renderer = Quadro NVS 140M/PCI/SSE2 MaxTextureSize = 8192 Visual = 0x21 (TrueColor, depth 16, RGB mask 0xf800 0x07e0 0x001f) Software = false # of Extensions = 144 Driver Bug Workarounds: OpenGLBitmapZbufferBug = 0 OpenGLWobbleTesselatorBug = 0 OpenGLLineSmoothingBug = 0 OpenGLClippedImageBug = 1 OpenGLEraseModeBug = 0
That is what it should look like. If you have a graphics card but it is using Software = true then you have a problem. With the nvidia card all I needed to do to get it working was copy the libGLU.so from the matlab installed library /usr/local/matlab/sys/opengl/lib/glnx86/libGLU.so to /usr/lib directory. NOTE in x86_64 this might be a different directory.