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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:Self:DebConf5Talks Debconf5].
= Debian-science =
== Goals ==
 * 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.
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Where would I put information about #debian-science on oftc? There's also wiki.debian.org/IRC but it's not complete.... == Resources ==
 * Inside Debian: DebianScienceDebianLinks
 * Outside resources related to science or scientific projects: DebianScienceOtherLinks
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== 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:Self: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:Self:DebianScienceOctave Is Octave really usable]? The main differences or missing features with respect to Matlab should be documented.
 * [wiki:Self: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:Self: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:Self:DebianScienceFftw FFTW and FFTW3] (Fast Fourier Transforms)
   * [wiki:Self:DebianScienceBlas ATLAS and LAPACK] (Linear Algebra)
   * [wiki:Self: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 ==
 * DebianScienceDebianLinks

== Upcoming events ==
 * Michael Banck's [https://www.debconf.org/comas/general/proposals/65 talk proposal] at [https://www.debconf.org/ debconf 6].
 * DebianScienceMeetings

== Outside links related to science or scientific projects ==
 * DebianScienceOtherLinks
== 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].
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 * DebianScienceTips
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(many still missing)

== Unfilled needs ==
 * [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]

== 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
   * 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
       * Debian-Junior
   * Things working in the background
     * Parallel computing
       * Cluster software (Sun Gridware, Torque, Condor, LSF)
       * Grid software (Globus (unofficial packages from "deb http://mirror.phy.bnl.gov/debian-root main root"), [http://www.nordugrid.org wiki:Self:NorduGrid])
       * ["BOINC"] (see also {alioth:pkg-boinc})
       * MPI / PVM
       * [http://www.cactuscode.org/ Cactus]
     * Statistics
       * [http://www.r-project.org R] really good
       * Maple/Octave
 * 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.
== Related links in this wiki ==
[[PageList(regex:case:^DebianScience.*$)]]

Debian-science

Goals

  • 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.

Resources

  • Inside Debian: ?DebianScienceDebianLinks

  • Outside resources related to science or scientific projects: ?DebianScienceOtherLinks

How to join

Efforts that could be undertaken

  • ?DebianScienceAstronomy

  • ?DebianScienceBiology

  • ?DebianScienceBibliography

  • ?DebianScienceChemistry

  • ?DebianScienceConferenceTools

  • ?DebianScienceDataFormats

  • ?DebianScienceDataPlotting

  • ?DebianScienceElectronics

  • ?DebianScienceEngineering

  • ?DebianScienceGeography

  • ?DebianScienceHardware

  • ?DebianScienceLibraries

  • ?DebianScienceMathematics

  • ?DebianSciencePhysics

  • ?DebianScienceProgramming

  • DebianSciencePsychology

  • ?DebianSciencePublishing

?PageList(regex:case:^DebianScience.*$)