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Re: The future of Octave

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Re: The future of Octave
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2000 11:16:39 -0600

On  8-Dec-2000, David Doolin <address@hidden> wrote:

| Perhaps.  Maybe "core" could mean "what is implemented when jwe steps
| down". Or it could mean what octave has now + sparse, or + a couple of
| other things.

This is the problem.  I'd say that if Matlab compatibility is critical
to you and a few thousand other people, then you won't be able to stop
on this list until you have everything, because you will all have some
different pet feature that you simply must have in the "core".

| This is not to say there isn't a useful core subset right now.  There is.
| But it is enough to attract new octave users?

Sure, but the ones coming from Matlab continue to want more Matlab
compatible features.  Should we start a pool to bet on how long it
will be before someone new to Octave posts a message saying that it is
inconceivable that Octave doesn't have feature X from Matlab R12?


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