Discussions about writing the software that would eventually become Octave started in about 1988 with James B. Rawlings and John W. Eaton at the University of Texas. John W. Eaton was the original author of Octave, starting full-time development in February 1992. He is still the primary maintainer. The community of users/developers has in addition contributed some code and fuels the discussion on the mailing lists email@example.com (user forum), firstname.lastname@example.org (development issues).
==Why '''GNU''' Octave?==
The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete Unix-like operating system which is free software: the GNU system.