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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
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)
- winefish (GTK-based LaTeX editor - a fork of bluefish)
- 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)
Links already inside Debian project
Michael Banck's [https://www.debconf.org/comas/general/proposals/65 talk proposal] at [https://www.debconf.org/ debconf 6].
Outside links related to science or scientific projects
Efforts that could be undertaken
(many still missing)
[http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/2005/08/msg00002.html good free software to work with tomographic datasets]
[http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian/todo.html Quantian TODO list]
(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
Take a little trouble to make your software package [http://people.debian.org/~kmccarty/physics-software-rant.html packageable]
- End user applications
- Kstars / general astronomy
- K12 / Education
- Things working in the background
- A community side of things
- This wiki page
- Debian at large
?DebianScienceLetterTemplate, a template for sending letters to scientists who released software without licenses.