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Yet again I am to turn to this wonderful resource available to me and ask, how do I install the latest version of GNU Octave (not Octave 3.2.4 -- the one available in the software centre)?

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It doesn't work at my system... The following lines seems to be OK wget tar -xvf octave-3.8.0.tar.bz2 cd octave-3.8.0 sudo apt-get build-dep octave ./configure make but the last one seems not work... sudo make install The system tells me, that is not a rule defined. What's wrong with the procedure...? Thanks a lot for your support – user272969 Apr 23 '14 at 10:42
This is what happens when i try to run using the command on terminal. ln: failed to create symbolic link ‘/usr/local/bin/octave’: Permission denied – Adithya Pillai Jul 5 at 11:20

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For octave 3.6.1

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:picaso/octave
sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install octave

Yes you can get octave-3.6.3 , open your terminal and paste this

tar -xvf octave-3.6.3.tar.bz2
cd octave-3.6.3
 sudo make install 

Hope that helps :D

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Well this is something I suppose, but I was hoping for something that would give me the latest version of Octave (3.6.3) – Brenton Horne Sep 29 '12 at 17:51
@BrentonHorne hi answer updated – Raja Sep 29 '12 at 18:32
That does help :) – Brenton Horne Sep 29 '12 at 20:03
One other thing, how do I create a launcher in Cairo-Dock for Octave 3.6.3? – Brenton Horne Sep 29 '12 at 21:21

You can install the latest stable version of GNU Octave for any supported Ubuntu release:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:octave/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install octave

This PPA is maintained and supported by several Octave developers.

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Ubuntu 12.04.3 and Octave 3.8.0 with statistics

tar -xvf octave-3.8.0.tar.bz2
cd octave-3.8.0
sudo apt-get build-dep octave
sudo make install

sudo apt-get install octave-statistics
pkg install -forge io
pkg install -forge statistics
pkg load statistics
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Additionally now I know you can copy the following into the terminal:

tar -xvf /home/username/octave-version#.tar.gz
sudo rm /home/username/octave-version#.tar.gz
cd /home/username/octave-version#
ln -s /home/username/octave-version#/run-octave /usr/local/bin/octave
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