- 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.
- Manage the efforts when dealing with various implementations (MPI, BLAS, LAPACK...)
Maintaining the Debian Science Blend
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.
The aim of the Debian Science metapackages is to provide a useful set of packages for someone working in a particular scientific field.
 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 It is not yet regenerated automatically, so may be out of date.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.
How to join
The packaging team has also two mailing lists available on Alioth: debian-science-maintainers & debian-science-commits
Contributing to Debian Science
General advice for helping Debian is available at http://www.debian.org/intro/help in addition to the DebianScience specific suggestions below.
* 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
- Propose new scientific packages from sponsoring.
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.
Add debtags to classify packages. See http://debtags.alioth.debian.org/
How Debian Developers can help
- NMU bug fixes.
- Sponsor package uploads.
- Package useful software.
Encourage upstream authors to release their software with a free license. DebianScienceSampleLetter may be useful for this.
DebianEdu - a Debian project to make the best distribution for educational purposes.
DebianMed - The Debian Med project presents packages that are associated with medicine, pre-clinical research, and life science. Its developments are mostly focused on three areas for the moment: medical practice, imaging and bioinformatics.
DebianGis - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Inside Debian: DebianScience/DebianLinks
Outside resources related to science or scientific projects: DebianScience/OtherLinks
Efforts that could be undertaken
DebianScience/Blend There have been efforts to create a Debian Pure Blend for Debian/Science, but at the moment no installer is available.
DebianScience/References Provide bibliographic references to the software and data we ship.
Related links in this wiki
- DebianScience/Robotics/ROS (jade-debian-desktop-full-missing-packages.rosinstall)
- DebianScience/Robotics/ROS (jade-debian-desktop-full-missing-packages_20160216.rosinstall)
- DebianScience/Robotics/ROS/OnBuster (kinetic_debian_moveit.rosinstall)
- DebianScience/Robotics/ROS/Packages (ros-order.sh)
- DebianScience/cctbx (cctbx-depends.png)
- DebianScience/cctbx (libtbx_config_to_dot.py)