[time-nuts] potential source for cheap copy of labview

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 21 01:18:40 UTC 2015

On 6/20/15 3:03 PM, Dave Daniel wrote:
> I wish the MathWorks would resume that practice. Back in the late 90s
> they would sell one licenses for MatLab and SimuLink for an affordable
> price if one singed an agreement that restricted one to personal
> (specifically, non-commercial) use. My copy from back then is so old
> that it won't run on Windows 7.

Mathworks still does a variety of low cost licenses, including a $149 
for Matlab "home" license + $45 for add on products. (not for academic, 
commercial, govt, or organizational use)

They also have a $49/$99 student license "in conjunction with coursework 
at a degree granting institution".  I suppose that you could sign up for 
a class at the local community college.(that's gone up a lot with a 
bunch of added fees around here)

The new matlab has drivers/simulink blocks to handle a lot of hobby type 
hardware platforms (RPi, Arduino, LEGO Mindstorms NXT)

One can also use Octave, which is very, very similar to Matlab (I go 
back and forth between the two all the time).  Octave doesn't 
necessarily have all the nice toolboxes that Matlab has. And, the 
plotting is done differently (which is a significant issue, since a lot 
of what I use matlab and octave for is generating nice looking plots).

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