Data Acquisition using Debian
Debian packages useful for data acquisition are in the data acquisition task
This page aims not to duplicate this package list, but to provide a useful overview - and links to case studies.
G. Varoquaux has written an interesting article describing the use of python and pyvisa for experimental control. Agile computer control of a complex experiment. Computing in Science and Engineering 10(2), 55 (2008).
Data Acquisition and Control
EPICS unofficial package upstream is a set of Open Source software tools, libraries and applications developed collaboratively and used worldwide to create distributed soft real-time control systems for scientific instruments such as a particle accelerators, telescopes and other large scientific experiments.
MX unofficial package upstream is a data acquisition and control system that is designed to serve as a portable toolkit for writing data acquisition and control programs; a standalone system capable of controlling entire experiments; a platform for building device control servers to be used by other applications; a way of extending other control systems and of glueing disparate control systems together. Unofficial Debian packages (including EPICS support) are at http://debian-xray.iit.edu.