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| * Sometimes bugs are difficult to reproduce - you can help by
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- The latest draft of "Bits from debian-science" is available at ["DebianScience/News/Draft"]. Please add to this if you have some science news that doesn't merit a separate announcement.
- Provide to researchers and scientists better experience when using Debian.
- Classify, package and distribute free software useful to science and research.
- Support any quality efforts around free scientific software.
Maintaining the [:DebianScience/CDD:Debian Science CDD]
How to use it?
- You can use Debian Science perfectly as you are using Debian because it is a completely internal project and is nothing else than Debian itself. We just felt a need to found a team that works as a strike force for scientific software inside Debian.
- [#metapackages] provide an easy way of installing a range of software appropriate to your particular field.
Inside Debian: DebianScience/DebianLinks
Outside resources related to science or scientific projects: DebianScience/OtherLinks
The aim of the [http://cdd.alioth.debian.org/science/tasks/index.html Debian Science metapackages] is to provide a useful set of packages for someone working in a particular scientific field.
 [http://debtags.alioth.debian.org/ Debtags] are a means of classifying packages.
 RFP/ITP - Request for package / Intent to package - these are pseudo bugs that track which packages have been requested and whether someone is working on them.
 The list of bugs is a work in progress. It is not yet regenerated automatically, so may be out of date.  The debian-science QA page at http://email@example.com&ordering=3 provides additional information.
Other thematic links
How to join
Debian Science has a mailing list [http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/ debian-science] ([http://murphy.debian.org/lists/debian-science/details.html its statistics]) created [http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/2005/07/msg00000.html thanks to Pascal Hakim]. And if you wonder why the mailing-list reply-to is set to the author instead of the list itself, [http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html read this].
Contributing to Debian Science
If you are willing to help: DebianScience/ContributingToDebianScience
Don't let the fact that you aren't a Debian Developer put you off - there are still lots of useful things you can do to improve the scientific software in Debian. A list of ["#efforts"] being undertaken is below.
How Non Debian Developers can help
Test the software and provide informative bug reports. See http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/bugs.html for one view on how to report bugs effectively
- Sometimes bugs are difficult to reproduce - you can help by reproducing them and providing test cases.
- Send patches that fix bugs to the bug tracking system.
How Debian Developers can help
- NMU bug fixes.
- Sponsor package uploads.
- Package useful software.
Efforts that could be undertaken
- ["DebianScience/CDD"] There have been efforts to create a CDD (Custom Debian Distribution) for Debian/Science, but at the moment no installer is available.
- ["DebianScience/References"] Provide bibliographic references to the software and data we ship.
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