One response to “Open Source and Community Support”

  1. Darren Landrum

    I’ve successfully used Octave in place of Matlab for homework (I’m an EE major), which I know is not a shining endorsement for open source, but so far, I have yet to find anything that Matlab can do that Octave can’t do as well, other than plotting, but that’s probably my fault.

    I have Python, NumPy, SciPy, and all those, but I never really dived into them.

    SciLab is another Matlab-alike. It’s not code compatible like Octave is (most of the time), but I like its interface better. Mostly I stick to Octave, though.

    Every time I hear “software X is the industry standard” for packages costing thousands of dollars, I cringe. It makes me cringe because what that’s really saying is “small shops and individuals are locked out of the game because they can’t afford the shiny bats.” All I can say is, thank goodness there are people who develop these OSS alternatives and make them usable.