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Re: How does Octave shine?

From: Mike Miller
Subject: Re: How does Octave shine?
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 18:47:23 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 21 Sep 2006, Cameron Laird wrote:

On Thu, Sep 21, 2006 at 06:31:26PM -0500, Mike Miller wrote:
They might not need portability, but they might like money.  I think "free
as in speech" gives us a great community and a great product.  I think
"free as in beer" is also very important when I read about people who run
dozens or hundreds of instances of the program at once.  It sounds like
Octave can save a department a million dollars in the course of a decade.
In many cases, I'll bet, you just wouldn't do the work at all if you had
to use MATLAB because the cost of running MATLAB on 100 processors is

I repeat: I couldn't agree more--as do many, many other Matlab *and* Octave users. Still, I encounter some decision-makers for whom such costs seem to be a matter of indifference. I'm working to get through to them.

Whatever. If someone is indifferent to $1 million dollars, they weren't his dollars. If they don't care, the person giving them the money cares.


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