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 <email@example.com> Votetaker: Jim Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
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.
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