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