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Project description

Debian Astro is a "Debian Pure Blend" with the aim to develop a Debian based operating system that fits the requirements of both professional and hobby astronomers. It integrates a large number of software packages covering telescope control, data reduction, presentation and other fields.

Debian Astro contains a set of metapackages that declare dependencies on other Debian packages, and that way the complete system is prepared for solving particular tasks. The best overview about Debian Astro is given at the tasks page.

Contact and developer information

The Debian Astro mailing list is the central point of communication for Debian Astro. It serves as a forum for potential, as well as current, users of the Debian system who want to use their computer for astronomical tasks. Additionally, it is used to coordinate development efforts around the various topics of Astronomy.

The QA page lists the status of the collaboratively maintained packages. The development is organized in git repositories. We have no dedicated team policy yet and mainly adopt the general Debian Science Policy.


We had our first Debian Astro Sprint at the DebCamp 2015. The report is here. The plan is to have the next sprint 2016 in Germany (Heidelberg or Potsdam).