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Re: octave tutorial

From: Mike Miller
Subject: Re: octave tutorial
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 11:54:18 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 26 Apr 2005, Brian Blais wrote:

Steve C. Thompson wrote:

This look great! Have you considered licensing this work under the GPL and making the source files available? Possibly this could help the document evolve more rapidly, requiring less of your time?

I know *nothing* about licensing, and what it commits me to.

It is definitely worthwhile to learn a few things. You note in your excellent document that Octave is "free" but I think you mean free as in $0 rather than free as in "free press." For me, the fact that Octave costs me $0 is *much* less important than the fact that it is free in the other sense. It took me awhile to realize how important this kind of freedom is, but now I think it is extremely important. Here is some introductory material on the topic:

I think that intro and the GNU GPL FAQ will teach you most of what you need to know. That FAQ is here:

Someone already pointed you to the documentation licensing pages. I've been finding some pretty nice docs and text books distributed under the GNU Free Documentation License. This "Introduction to Probability" is really great:

The book is still being sold for $51...

but you can get the PDF for nothing.


Michael B. Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
and Institute of Human Genetics
University of Minnesota

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