Matlab on Linux

Travis Roth travis at
Tue Apr 13 14:49:41 UTC 2004

A GPL mathematics program is Octave:

I do not know how it compares to MathLab as I haven't used it.
It does seem to compare to Maple.

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At work we do have Matlab in use on several different platforms,
including Linux.  I do know for sure that there is a Linux version of
Matlab (just recently installed that on our Beowulf Cluster), and it
does have a command-line driven interface. However, I don't know any
details about the language in use to "program" Matlab, so I can not
really say if you will be able to do everything that is allowed by the
Graphical Interface. However, I guess, if you are good at matlab coding,
you probably can.

Just to give you an example, here is how Matlab starts:

ctrl:~% /master/software/matlab/bin/matlab

                              < M A T L A B >
                  Copyright 1984-2002 The MathWorks, Inc.
                      Version Release 13
                                Jun 18 2002

  To get started, type one of these: helpwin, helpdesk, or demo.
  For product information, visit

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>> quit

I don't know anything about single user license pricing, but
I am afraid it is probably going to be a bit more expensive then the
usual non-free software.

"John J. Boyer" <director at> writes:

> I understand that there is a version of Matlab for Linux. Is anyone 
> here
> using it? Can it be used from the command line or in interactive
> mode? What is the cost?
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