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Re: how to install OCTAVE in windows XP

From: Quentin Spencer
Subject: Re: how to install OCTAVE in windows XP
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 11:25:53 -0600
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John W. Eaton wrote:

On  4-Jan-2006, Quentin Spencer wrote:

| That certainly seems to be what people want. Even with an up-to-date | cygwin release out there, downloads of the 2 1/2 year old 2.1.50 windows | binary hit an all-time high in November, according to the download stats | page:

But doesn't this version also depend on the Cygwin DLL?  So people
don't really care whether it is Cygwin based.  They just don't want to
know about it.

Yes, that's my assessment. I think some Windows users without previous exposure to Unix/Linux are a bit confused by cygwin. I received an off-list reply to my earlier e-mail that seemed to equate installing cygwin with compiling from source. I also think part of the problem is people don't know where to go to get octave for windows (though it is mentioned on the download page of The first result when you search "octave windows" in google is the matlinks sourceforge project, a long-inactave project that is home of a windows binary dating to 2002 that is even older than the infamous 2.1.50a binary. Its download statistics show that as recently as November it was averaging 1500 downloads a month. That would explain where the occaisional 2.1.40-something bug reports come from. I'm not sure how else to get the word out about the cygwin octave binaries, but maybe updating the FAQ page would help.


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