Posts Tagged ‘open source’

FLOSS for Neuroscience: An interview with the NeuroDebian team

This time we bring you an interview with Michael Hanke and Yaroslav O. Halchenko, leaders of the NeuroDebian project. NeuroDebian is a turnkey platform (using Debian as its foundation) that offers a huge bundle of FLOSS software for neuroscientists. Enjoy the interview!

F4S: Does NeuroDebian have sponsors?

NeuroDebian Team: Strictly speaking, we have no sponsors. But we had and have patrons — first and foremost Dr. James V. Haxby, who enthusiastically continues to support NeuroDebian in various ways, including an endless supply of  Godaddy renewal coupon codes to keep our project affordable and under-budget.

We were also both very fortunate to have Ph.D. advisors (Dr. Stephen J. Hanson and Dr. Stefan Pollmann) that, very early on, saw potential in this endavour and allowed us to devote an unreasonable amount of time to it. We also got support from our users and collaborators: a number of institutions around the globe now host mirrors of NeuroDebian repository.

Recently we also joined the INCF Task Force on Neuroimaging Datasharing from whom we have received support for community outreach and technical collaborations.


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Scilab: An Interview with Sylvestre Ledru

Scilab is one of the most popular FLOSS projects in the scientific computing area, in part due to its longevity, continuous development and community support. In this interview, Sylvestre Ledru, Scilab developer and operation manager for Scilab Enterprises, shares with us Scilab’s history and future. Enjoy!

F4S: Why and when did Scilab come to be?

It is a (very) long story. It started basically at the same period as Matlab to promote the research of researchers at Inria in France.

In the 80′s, Inria decided to publish it under the name Basile with the sources (at this time, free software was not what it is now).

Scilab became more and more popular. That is why Inria decided to create a consortium in 2003 to support Scilab and ensure a more industrial oriented development. After 4 years, Digiteo was founded to improve, document and stabilize the software. Scilab Enterprises was founded in 2010 to provide the, now usual, free software business model on Scilab.

These are our top 3 Scilab supporters:



Scilab is supported since 2003 by the Consortium which includes industrial and academics …