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Re: It costs how much?!!?!

I found this on the PV-WAVE web site... I have never used PV-Wave but I
did a little reading last night on the common ancestry between RSI and

Qualified students can now purchase fully functional versions of PV-WAVE,
the IMSL C Numerical Library, or the IMSL Fortran 90 MP Library for only
$99.00 each, plus shipping & handling, a savings of approximately
$1,400.00 on PV-WAVE and $550.00 on the IMSL products. 
To order, Print and complete this form then fax it to

To qualify, the buyer must have a valid student identification card from a
college or university that has a current campus-wide or department license
for any Visual Numerics' product. The student editions of the software are
available for personal computers running Windows 95/98/NT or Linux. 

(Unfortunately, my university used IDL not VNI... but I think that I will
pursue this a little further!)

MORE INFO AT: http://www.vni.com/education/student_offer.html


On Wed, 6 Dec 2000, Kenneth Mankoff wrote:

> Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 00:43:21 -0600
> From: Kenneth Mankoff <mankoff@lasp.colorado.edu>
> Newsgroups: comp.lang.idl-pvwave
> Subject: Re: It costs how much?!!?!
> On Tue, 5 Dec 2000, David Fanning wrote:
> >I think the impression most people have is that if someone is giving
> >something away, it's not worth much. I do think it makes sense though to
> >charge a reasonable price for students. (I'm thinking something in the
> >range of $200, which seems to be the going academic pricing if people
> >can get it together enough to order a site license. That seems fair to
> >me, given what you can do with IDL.)
> i think the linux/unix open source school would very much disagree with
> "free is not worth much".  Free can be better.
> And if it were open source, us linux-using students who like to hack
> things apart and put them together in our spare time would turn out some
> mean routines to improve the product.  This theoretical free open-source
> student IDL (wow, aren't i in a daydream) would probably have openGL, GUI
> builders, ports to Palm Vx OS, entire libraries of extensions, etc., all
> within a few months..