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Re: Octave distribution (was: Re: Octave advocacy)
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Dirk Eddelbuettel |
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Re: Octave distribution (was: Re: Octave advocacy) |
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Fri, 17 Sep 2004 20:07:55 -0500 |
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On Fri, Sep 17, 2004 at 10:16:59AM -0700, Jonathan Stickel wrote:
> Open source is a lot about choice, but there is a price to pay for that.
> With Octave there are many choices: which blas/atlas package to use,
> hdf5 support, whether to install octave-forge, and others I don't know.
> With octave-forge there are more choices: GiNaC support, Qhull
> support, additional plotting packages, and others.
>
> To truly choose for yourself, you must compile from source. If you
You can always select a superset package and then opt not to use certain
features. For what it's worth, Debian has all of the above.
> don't want to compile from source, you are at the mercy of those who
> will compile for you! Usually binary packages come with less rather
> than more since the more you include, the more library dependencies must
> be solved.
Counter-example provided by Debian. 'apt-get install octave-forge' just works,
> Just my 2 cents. BTW: this is why I use Gentoo for my Linux Distro.
Yes, choice is good.
But as a Debian user, I am glad so many packages are just an 'apt-get
install' command away. As a Debian maintainer, I try to make that choice
available to others via the packages I look after. Now, as for choice, I
think these aren't even available in other distros:
octave-ci - Contributed functions for the GNU Octave language
octave-epstk - GNU Octave encapsulated postscript toolkit
octave-gpc - Octave bindings for the General Polygon Clipper Library
octave-matcompat - Empty transition package for octave-forge
octave-plplot - Octave support for PLplot, a plotting library
octave-sp - Semidefinite Programming functions for GNU Octave
octave-statdataml - GNU Octave package for XML-based data exchange
matwrap - A wrapper generator for matrix languages
These are also part of the bootable Quantian dvd, see the webpages at
http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian.
Best regards, Dirk
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- Re: Octave advocacy, (continued)
- Re: Octave advocacy, Quentin Spencer, 2004/09/17
- Re: Octave advocacy, NZG, 2004/09/17
- Re: Octave advocacy, Jonathan C. Webster, 2004/09/17
- Octave distribution (was: Re: Octave advocacy), Jonathan Stickel, 2004/09/17
- Re: Octave distribution (was: Re: Octave advocacy), Joe Koski, 2004/09/17
- Re: Octave distribution (was: Re: Octave advocacy), Mike Miller, 2004/09/17
- Re: Octave distribution (was: Re: Octave advocacy),
Dirk Eddelbuettel <=
- Re: Octave distribution (was: Re: Octave advocacy), Paul Kienzle, 2004/09/17
- Re: Octave distribution, Jonathan Stickel, 2004/09/18
- Re: Octave distribution, Paul Kienzle, 2004/09/18
- Re: Octave distribution (was: Re: Octave advocacy), Stefan van der Walt, 2004/09/22
- Re: Octave advocacy, Keith Goodman, 2004/09/17
- Re: Octave advocacy, Javier Arántegui, 2004/09/20
- Fwd: Re: Octave advocacy, Victor Munoz, 2004/09/17