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posted by janrinok on Monday June 01 2015, @07:28PM   Printer-friendly
from the plot-this dept.

I wasn't aware of the GNU Octave project until I saw a post on Reddit that it had hit version 4.0.0. If you're not familiar with it either, here's a brief overview:

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems, and for performing other numerical experiments. It also provides extensive graphics capabilities for data visualization and manipulation.

So why is this exciting? Aside from a Windows installer for all you people too lazy to switch to GNU/Linux, it apparently finally got a GUI (kind of a must for "modern" software):

Octave 4.0 is a major new release with many new features, including a graphical user interface, support for classdef object-oriented programming, better compatibility with Matlab, and many new and improved functions.

You can also get the full list of user-visible changes here.

Share and enjoy!

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 01 2015, @08:32PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 01 2015, @08:32PM (#190861)

    GNU is Not Unix, Octave is Not Matlab, Linux is Not GNU, SoylentNews is Not Slashdot

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday June 01 2015, @08:50PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Monday June 01 2015, @08:50PM (#190872) Journal

    If it's based on another open source project, that's just forking.

    Open source has become bigger in recent years, so it's no surprise that existing closed source software set the standard that professionals look to.

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    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 01 2015, @09:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 01 2015, @09:05PM (#190879)

      Closed source software is where innovation happens because smart people want to get paid for their original work leaving all the stupid people to do open source junk for free.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 01 2015, @09:28PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 01 2015, @09:28PM (#190885)

        That's funny. You've clearly not written much closed source software. Most of your "innovation" is stupid UI bullshit, and the rest is illegally poaching open source software and hiding it behind a binary. And if it isn't poached, it is just reusing BSD-licensed code. You get innovation because you like the code you're writing and you have an attachment to it such that you WANT to stay up late working on it. Closed source software, you are slogging your way through code you hate because you write it by committee and you're just a Code Monkey who hates his job because the code sucks, you know it sucks, but you aren't even allowed to fix it before you throw it over the fence to the morons in "QA", who couldn't recognize a test case if it came up and kicked them in the ass.

  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Monday June 01 2015, @09:17PM

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Monday June 01 2015, @09:17PM (#190881) Journal

    Slashdot was once Open Source (guess what code this site's code is based on?). Please tell me what it was a clone of in your opinion.

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