I'd also add that when it comes to shipping code to a client, pointing them to a Python download vs. shelling out for a MATLAB license can be a factor as well. I like MATLAB but there's no denying there's a degree of sticker shock with it.
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That echoes my experience. I generally prefer Chaco for plots in Python since it seems to handle large datasets better than matplotlib (although matplotlib seems more functional), but matplotlib is comfortable for MATLAB users. I'm working on a SciPy project with a couple of MATLAB refugees and they love matplotlib.
The good folks at CompuLab have released a new handheld for developers that can optionally run Linux. The EM-X270 Embedded Mobile Device features a XScale PXA270 CPU, 128 Mbyte SDRAM, 512 Mbyte flash disk, integrated Bluetooth and 802.11b, and a host of other goodies, including an optional 3.5" 480 x 640 VGA display with touchscreen. Prices are "starting from $122" but other t
My streak of rejected Slashdot submissions grows ever longer. I thought I should post this one where I could though, because the developers affected by this story need to know.
The FreeDOS Project is reporting the discovery of a number of GPL violations by DRDOS, who bought DR-DOS from Lineo (formerly known as Caldera) back in 2002.
Rejected as a story, I still think this is newsworthy: Tridge has posted SourcePuller on Sourceforge, a BitKeeper-compatible SCM client. You may remember Sourcepuller as the project that's been causing such a furor 'mongst kernel developers as of late.