Octave's name has nothing to do with music. It's named after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octave_Levenspiel Octave Levenspiel], a former professor of John who was famous for his ability to do quick back-of-the-envelope calculations. You can hear John pronounce the name "Octave" a few times [http://videolectures.net/mloss08_eaton_oct/ in this video]. We hope that GNU Octave will help perform computations with the same ease that Mr Levenspiel could do so.
''''GNU '''' Octave?==
The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete Unix-like operating system which is free software: the GNU system.