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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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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 <>
Proponent: Ramine Nikoukhah <>
Mentor: Jonathan Grobe <>
Votetaker: Jim Davis <>

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

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 <> 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
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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