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Re: Installing Octave

From: Brian Blais
Subject: Re: Installing Octave
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 07:02:15 -0400
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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.

If you go to the octave website, for windows binaries installs, it will point you to:

(scroll down to "The Easy Way").

It will then point you to

where there are some windows binaries. although not InstallShield, it is as simple as that. unfortunately, it is a version that it a bit dated (2.1.50). There are some volunteers who are working on a more recent binaries windows install, from what I hear, but I don't know the estimate for it.

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......

Sorry to disappoint you, but people still do compiling to get programs up today. It is not uncommon (on Linux) to recompile software, for example, to install security updates. Now, in Windows, one doesn't do that, but there really aren't any security problems in Windows. ;)

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)....

I use it with my students, who don't have a lot of experience. What I do for them is to compile a recent version, then bundle the whole thing up in a .zip file. I include a file with registry keys, so all they have to do is unzip the file, double-click on the registry keys file, and then it all works. You have to manually add the shortcuts, however, but there is no compiling for them.

hope this helps,



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