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Jim Davis

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CFV: comp.soft-sys.math.scilab
Posted: Mar 5, 1997 4:21 PM
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FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
unmoderated group comp.soft-sys.math.scilab

Newsgroup line:
comp.soft-sys.math.scilab Scientific software package Scilab.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 26 Mar 1997.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party. Direct
questions about the proposed group to the proponent.

Proponent: Claude Gomez <Claude.Gomez@inria.fr>
Proponent: Ramine Nikoukhah <Ramine.Nikoukhah@inria.fr>
Mentor: Jonathan Grobe <grobe@netins.net>
Votetaker: Jim Davis <jjd@primenet.com>

RATIONALE: comp.soft-sys.math.scilab

This newsgroup would be a forum for discussing issues related to the
development and use of the scientific software package Scilab
developed and freely distributed by the Scilab Group at INRIA
(http://www-rocq.inria.fr/scilab).

Since its release in 1994, the Scilab community has grown to several
thousand users around the world. Scilab is developed at INRIA but
relies heavily on contributions from outside users. Currently, Scilab
Group sends out a newsletter by e-mail to a mailing list of people who
have subscribed to SciClub (over 500 people) for announcing new
releases, new ports, new toolboxes, etc... Scilab users can also
communicate with Scilab Group through e-mail <Scilab@inria.fr> for
asking questions, making suggestions, reporting bugs, etc.... Scilab
Group tries to respond quickly but with the number of Scilab users
growing rapidly, this is becoming more and more difficult. More so now
because other people are now developing in Scilab and so a number of
tools are available for Scilab that the Scilab Group is not even aware
of. It is for this reason that we like to propose a newsgroup.

Originally developed for Unix workstations, Scilab is now available
and widely used on PC Linux and Macintosh; a Windows version is also
under development. This means that comp.sys.* hierarchy would not be
appropriate. It is clear, by looking at newsgroups in comp.soft-sys.*.*,
that comp.soft-sys.math.scilab is the best choice.

As the new group will be for informal discussion and the quick
exchange of ideas, no moderator will be necessary.

CHARTER: comp.soft-sys.math.scilab

Discussion in the group includes issues concerning the use, the
development and the port of Scilab. It will also include announcements
of new releases, new application toolboxes and new documentations,
journal articles and books of interest to Scilab users. Here are a few
examples of what can be expected:

Scilab usage:
o Questions and answers concerning: how to obtain and install Scilab,
how to program efficiently, how to interface C and fortran routines,
how to use advanced features, etc...,
o Exchange of Scilab programs (no binaries),
o Information on the availability of documentations for Scilab and its
toolboxes,
o Comparison, compatibility and interfacing with other systems such as
Matlab, Octave, Rlab, Matrix-X, Maple and Mathematica,
o etc...

Scilab development:
o Discussion concerning directions to take and choices to make for
future development,
o Porting to new platforms,
o New toolboxes.

We do not expect any commercial advertising.

END CHARTER.

HOW TO VOTE:

Send email to: jjd@primenet.com

Your email message should contain one and only one of the following
statements:

I vote YES on comp.soft-sys.math.scilab
I vote NO on comp.soft-sys.math.scilab

You may also vote ABSTAIN or CANCEL. ABSTAIN does not affect the
final vote count in any way but is listed in the final voting results.
CANCEL removes any earlier vote and is not listed in the final voting
results.

VOTING PROCEDURE NOTES:

Standard Guidelines for voting apply. One account per person and one
vote per person. Votes must be mailed directly from the voter to the
votetaker. Anonymous, forwarded or proxy votes are not valid; this
includes votes generated by WWW/HTML/CGI forms.

Vote counting is automated: If you don't follow these directions then
your vote may not get counted. If you do not receive an
acknowledgment of your vote within several days, contact the votetaker
about the problem. It's your responsibility to make sure that your
vote is registered correctly. Duplicate votes are resolved in favor
of the most recent valid vote. Addresses and votes of all voters will
be published in the final voting results post.

The purpose of a Usenet vote is to determine the genuine interest in
people who would read a proposed newsgroup. Soliciting votes from
disinterested people defeats this purpose. Please do not redistribute
this CFV. If you must, direct people to the official CFV as posted to
news.announce.newgroups. Distributing pre-marked or otherwise edited
copies of this CFV will result in those votes being cancelled. When
in doubt, ask the votetaker.

DISTRIBUTION:

This CFV has been crossposted to
comp.os.linux.announce
comp.os.linux.development.apps
comp.soft-sys.matlab
comp.sys.mac.scitech
sci.engr.control
sci.math.num-analysis





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