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Re: How does Octave shine?

From: Steve C. Thompson
Subject: Re: How does Octave shine?
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 17:32:21 -0700
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On 21 Sep 06 18:31PM, Mike Miller wrote:
> On Thu, 21 Sep 2006, Cameron Laird wrote:
> > It's the more technical observations that have most
> > helped me this week, though, as the audience for
> > this demonstration seems immune to our arguments
> > about scientific method, portability, and so on.
> > My thanks for all your remarks.
> 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
> prohibitive.

And with a slice of the savings, they can donate some
funds back into the Octave project, and claim the
donation on their taxes.


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