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Octave is free software. This means that everyone is free to use it and free to redistribute it on certain conditions. Octave is not, however, in the public domain. It is copyrighted and there are restrictions on its distribution, but the restrictions are designed to ensure that others will have the same freedom to use and redistribute Octave that you have. The precise conditions can be found in the GNU General Public License that comes with Octave and that also appears in GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE.

Octave is available on CD-ROM, with various collections of other free software, from the Free Software Foundation. Ordering a copy of Octave from the Free Software Foundation helps to fund the development of more free software. For more information, write to

Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110-1301–1307

Octave can also be downloaded from, where additional information is available.

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