How to contribute to Debian Med?
This page is for people who wonder how they could help the Debian Med project.
- Present Debian Med on social media (Blogs, Twitter/Identi.ca, Facebook)
- Test packages in testing / unstable with your data. This helps making sure everything will work in our future stable release.
If you know a Free Software project that might be useful for health care in any aspect and is not yet listed in our task list just inform us by writing an e-mail to our mailing list. For instance you might compare our tasks with URLs like
If you have some language skills you can help to translate package descriptions for the packages we maintain in Debian. For translations you might like to visit the task list and watch out for yellow buttons in the right column of metainformation which ask for translating the description.
- Package one of the most wanted packages from each section
Watch the list of bugs and fix bugs or try to provide a patch.
For ITPs please follow Debian Med policy
Make sure that your package is listed in our task list.
Have a look at the QA page of Debian Med packaging team
If you are not yet a developer but want to become a developer yourself you might like to start reading here.
Possible tasks for Debian Med sprints
Add new lintian checks
- Verify that team name matches location in Vcs-* fields
Verify valid characters in Vcs-* fields ('<', '>' should be invalid)
- Verify correct sequence files?
Create IANA Media ("MIME") types for sequence files
Unregistered MIME types (now called Media Types) should be registered with IANA, to make sure the name is reserved and known to everyone. See http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/media-types.xhtml and http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/application/vnd.oxli.countgraph for an example of a successful registration related to Debian Med.
With IANA Media Types it is possible to announce file format support using .desktop files allowing desktop environment can handle such files automatically. It is probably also possible to announce it without a desktop file, as can be seen in the khmer.metadata.xml file in the khmer package.
The IANA Media Type should preferably be commonly known and originate from the community using the file format, to avoid several conflicting registration requests for the same format.
Related efforts: Bioinformatics Format Standards working group hosted by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation
You have several options to find your bug squashing target:
Update aging packages
You can use this script to find aging packages by accessing a public UDD mirror.
Wanted Java packages
Get rid of *.jar files in https://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/debian-med/igv.git package
Non-Debian projects at Medical Free/Libre and Open Source Software
The MedFLOSS project is maintaining a nice list of free medical software which is not yet available in Debian. The most interesting feature of this list is the ranking which is created by user interaction which gives some measure how attractive a project might be for users. So just visit this page and find a target for Debian packaging.