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Installing Octave

From: Wdflannery
Subject: Installing Octave
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 01:33:23 -0500

I would like to install Octave on my PC.... however, I don't want to compile, link, load or perform any other system type operations, I just want to install it with InstallShield or something similar.
From the website I'm getting the idea that Octave must be complied, lilnked, etc., you know, stuff people did 20 years ago to get a program up......
I had high hopes for Octave, and I think that a free version of Matlab, or something similar, should be available to every math/physics/engineering student, even in high school (they now use graphing calculators....a true pain in the booty)....
So, all you would need to do is make Octave user friendly, like every other piece of software available on the web.....
BUt noooo.......
I'm giving up on Octave I think........ I wanted to use it in conjunction with a calculus book I'm writing.......that is, I wanted readers of the book to have something like Matlab available... but they will not be computer jocks ... (I am a computer jock, BTW, Honeywell, Hughes, Lockeed, etc., but I am flummoxed trying to get Octave up)......
Or, am I missing something ??????
Sorry for the harangue, especially if I am mistaken.....if I'm not mistaken, let is serve as a wakeup call ?

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