In Scilab-5.3.3 exists a bug with OpenJDK-6 (this bug is fixed in OpenJDK-7).
It is required to use the SUN-JAVA environment for proper operation.
To correctly set the Java environment atr scilab-startup, the following startup-script is used:

# this fixes a Scilab-5.3.3-bug (detail: it fixes a bug with OpenJDK-6)
# OpenJDK-7 has the bug fixed !
JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun scilab

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