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The goal for this page is to collect material around the ideas discussed at [http://dc5video.debian.net/2005-07-17/Using_Debian_for_science_research-Helen_Faulkner.mpeg Helen Faulkner's talk] at [wiki:?DebConf5Talks Debconf5].

Some ideas emerging from Helen's talk

(please complete)

  • The dedicated mailing list [http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/ debian-science] has been created [http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/2005/07/msg00000.html thanks to Pascal Hakim] ([http://murphy.debian.org/lists/debian-science/details.html mailing list statistics]). 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 here] are some explanations.

  • DebianScience could also be a [wiki:CustomDebian CDD project].

  • It could also be turned into a ["LiveCD"]. [http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian/ Quantian] already does much of this.

  • Development frameworks (should be painless):
    • kdevelop for KDE
    • Anjuta for Gnome
  • [wiki:DebianScienceOctave Is Octave really usable]? The main differences or missing features with respect to Matlab should be documented.

  • [wiki:?DebianScienceDataPlotting Easy and simple tools to plot data] (possibly separate by scriptable and/or gui, plotting for papers vs for 'exploring' data)

  • Necessity of a [wiki:DebianScienceFortran good Fortran integration]

    • Requires also libs (e.g. for FFT) which are often present in add-ons for commercial compilers (FFTW connection in Fortran working now?)
  • Useful tools for writing papers - word processing and !LaTeX
    • LyX (LaTeX front-end providing LaTeX perfect results in beautiful easy-to-use WYSIWYM environment)
    • kile (KDE LaTeX editor)
    • openoffice.org (office suite - good but not 100% !["MSOffice"] filters)
  • Useful mathematical libraries
    • [wiki:DebianScienceFftw FFTW and FFTW3] (Fast Fourier Transforms)

    • [wiki:?DebianScienceBlas ATLAS and LAPACK] (Linear Algebra)

    • [wiki:DebianScienceGSL GSL] (special functions, pseudorandom numbers, optimizers, solvers, etc. etc.) - ATLAS and LAPACK and BLAS will be installed by default dependencies if you install GSL in debian sarge

    • ["GLPK"] (linear, integer and mixed programming library)

  • ?DebianScienceDebianLinks

Upcoming events

  • ?DebianScienceOtherLinks

Efforts that could be undertaken

  • ["DebianScienceCDD"]
  • ["DebianScienceLiveCD"]
  • ?DebianScienceClassification

  • ?DebianScienceSponsoring

  • ?DebianScienceAstronomy

  • ?DebianScienceBiology

  • ?DebianScienceBibliography

  • ?DebianScienceChemistry

  • ?DebianScienceConferenceTools

  • ?DebianScienceDataFormats

  • ?DebianScienceDataPlotting

  • ?DebianScienceElectronics

  • ?DebianScienceEngineering

  • ?DebianScienceGeography

  • ?DebianScienceHardware

  • ?DebianScienceLibraries

  • ?DebianScienceMathematics

  • ?DebianSciencePhysics

  • ?DebianScienceProgramming

  • ?DebianSciencePublishing

  • DebianScienceTips

(many still missing)

Unfilled needs

Other contributions

(some thoughts added by smoe):

Independent from Helen's presentations that I cannot access at the moment there is

  • A technical side of things
    • Open Hardware for data aquisition
    • Linux Lab Project
  • Huge amount of software
  • A community side of things
    • This wiki page
    • Debian at large
    • Others
    • This
  • ?DebianScienceLetterTemplate, a template for sending letters to scientists who released software without licenses.