


A free MATLAB clone exists under the name OCTAVE How to install OCTAVE for Windows and some info in the following:
There is now a free MATLAB
clone with IDE for Windows, (i.e. with a Graphical User
interface with Command Window, Editor, Workspace and
Command History etc as in the MATLAB GUI.) If You want to try it out check out: http://wiki.octave.org/Octave_for_Microsoft_Windows NB: Simply install one
of the newest exeversions. Se the following
Windows “print
screan” picture file for illustrating the Octave
IDE (or GUI) In my opinion, the latest
Octave Matlab clone is the simplest to use, alternative
to Matlab (for the Matlab users) as well as new users. The plotting facilities is in
my opinion for the moment to poor in Octave, but the
software is free. I have even tried out the DSR Toolbox for MATLAB under Octave, and it works
(exept for a minor plotting bug). There are also
Optimization functions for QP problems (the qpm
function) and Nonlinear Programming function. Se all
packages under the Documentation toolbar (lower left
button in the IDE (picture enclosed)). How to install the Control System Toolbox and
other packages In the OCTAVE command window go to the srcfolder where
You have installed OCTAVE. >> cd c:\octave\octave3.8.2\src This will install the
control toolbox from the net, because the forge flag is
used. Actually, all packages comes with the OCTAVE
installation. Info about all packages, optim, image etc.
is obtained from the helpmenu + Octave Packages.. An
alternative to the above is to first prepare all
packages for installation and then instal the actual
package. From the src folder do
the following: >> cd c:\octave\octave3.8.2\src Teacher: David Di Ruscio 

