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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:

Brian,

`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:
`
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

`I think that intro and the GNU GPL FAQ will teach you most of what you
``need to know. That FAQ is here:
`
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html

`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:
`
http://math.dartmouth.edu/~prob/prob/prob.pdf
http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~doyle/docs/zzyzx/zzyzx/
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/teaching_aids/probability_book/bookapplets/index.html
The book is still being sold for $51...
http://www.ams.org/bookstore-getitem/item=IPROB
but you can get the PDF for nothing.
Mike
--
Michael B. Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
and Institute of Human Genetics
University of Minnesota
http://taxa.epi.umn.edu/~mbmiller/
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