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List of scientific and engineering packages


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Biology and bioinformatics Software

Package Name Description
bwa Burrows-Wheeler Alignment Tool for efficient short read alignment (original Review Request)
elph Tool to find motifs in a set of DNA or protein sequences
EMBOSS Hundreds of useful, well documented applications for molecular sequence and other analyses.
glimmer System for finding genes in microbial DNA
hmmer Profile HMM software for protein sequence analysis
lagan Local, global, and multiple alignment of DNA sequences
perl-bioperl A collection of tools for bioinformatics in Perl
perl-biopython A collection of tools for bioinformatics in Python
SAMtools SAM (Sequence Alignment/Map) format is a generic format for storing large nucleotide sequence alignments. Tools for sorting, merging etc. sam format files.
seaview Graphical multiple sequence alignment editor
SIBsim4 Align expressed RNA sequences on a DNA template
pipviewer Visualizer for multiple alignments of genomic sequences
PyPop Software for analyzing population genomics data
vhybridize Virtual Hybridization command line tools
ugene Genome analysis suite

See also: Bioinformatics WishList


Package Name Description
Avogadro An advanced molecular editor for chemical purposes
cp2k A molecular dynamics engine capable of classical and Car-Parrinello simulations
GChemistry Gnome Chemistry Utils incl. periodic table of the elements, molecular structure viewer and chemical calculator
gromacs Gromacs - Fast, Free and Flexible MD
inchi The IUPAC International Chemical Identifier library
jmol An open-source Java viewer for chemical structures in 3D
openbabel Chemistry software file format converter
pymol PyMOL Molecular Viewer
PyQuante Python Quantum Chemistry
xdrawchem 2D chemical structures drawing tool
BKChem chemical drawing program
Kalzium Period table, chemsitry calculator, etc.
wxmacmolplt A graphics program for plotting 3-D molecular structures and normal modes

Computer science

Package Name Description
ns-3 ns-3 Network Simulator (Features/Ns3)

Electrical engineering

Package Name Description
The Geda Suite The complete suite for Electrical schematic and simulation
Documentation for gEDA
Circuit examples for gEDA
Attribute editor for gEDA
Netlister for the gEDA project
Electronics schematics editor
Symbol checker for electronics schematics editor
A bunch of symbols of electronic devices used by gschem.
Utilities for gEDA
gresistor To allow for identification, resistors are usually marked with colored bands. Often refereed to as color codes, these markings are indicative of their resistance, tolerance and temperature coefficient.
gnucap GNU Circuit Analysis Package
ktechlab Development and simulation of microcontrollers and electronic circuits
Ngspice A mixed level/signal circuit simulator
pcb PCB is an interactive printed circuit board editor for the X window system.
toped IC Layout Editor
xcircuit Xcircuit is a general-purpose drawing program and also a specific-purpose CAD program for circuit schematic drawing and schematic capture.
qucs Qucs is a circuit simulator with graphical user interface. The software aims to support all kinds of circuit simulation types, e.g. DC, AC, S-parameter and harmonic balance analysis.
freehdl A project to develop a free, open source, GPL'ed VHDL simulator for Linux.


Package Name Description
Armadillo fast C++ matrix library with interfaces to LAPACK and ATLAS
blitz Blitz++ is a C++ class library for matrix scientific computing
calc Calc is an arbitrary precision C-like arithmetic system that is a calculator, an algorithm-prototyper, and a mathematical research tool.
kpolynome KPolynome is a program to calculate mathematical polynomes based on given data coordinates.
mona Mona is a decision procedure for the WS1S and WS2S logics
Octave Octave is a Matlab-Clone
R R is a software environment for statistical computing and graphics
scigraphica Scientific application for data analysis and technical graphics

Mechanical engineering

Package Name Description
FreeFEM Free<Fem++ is an implementation of a language dedicated to the finite element method. It enables you to solve Partial Differential Equations (PDE) easily.
Qcad QCad is an application for computer aided drafting in two dimensions (2d)


Package Name Description
gromacs Gromacs - Fast, Free and Flexible MD
jmol An open-source Java viewer for chemical structures in 3D
openbabel Chemistry software file format converter
pymol PyMOL Molecular Viewer

Potential Packages

  • Asana Math font
  • AmberTools - A set of tools for Assisted Model Building with Energy Refinement (AMBER). Dominik Mierzejewski is working on the package, contact him if you are interested or want to help.
  • [1] LAMMPS Molecular Dynamics Simulator
  • MGLTools - Includes AutoDockTools (docking of molecules), Python Molecular Viewer and Vision (python visual programming). Packaged for debian :
  • Nanodesigner - Example design 1 The Nanodesigner project is an attempt to create a software platform for research on nanometer sized objects. By objects is meant everything that consists of atoms: molecular motors, biomolecules, a crystal slab
  • Ideas of packages for bioinformatics base on bio-linux.
  • VV - Fast and simple image viewer, designed for visualization of spatio-temporal images: 2D, 2D+t, 3D and 3D+t (or 4D) - There are already binary rpms available
  • GAP - Computer algebra system - JasonTibbitts has a working and up-to-date GAP package, but it needs significant cleanup before it has a chance of passing review.
  • RasTop - Molecular Visualization Software
  • ITK - Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit - software system to support the Visible Human Project - Under review InsightToolkit
  • XPP - A tool for solving differential equations - Jason Tibbitts has a working package, but the program has such a poor interface that it may not be worth adding to the distro
  • Neuron - A simulator of neurons and networks, useful for computational biology. Packages are available upstream; shouldn't be terribly hard to package properly but requires a truly ancient user interface toolkit.
  • SAGE Mathematica-like open source mathematics software (SAGE packaging discussion)
  • Scilab GUI based numerical analysis system (details on current status)

List of applications we will NOT package

  • Non-commercial clauses in applications licenses render them invalid for inclusion into Fedora Package Collection. Such apps are not Free and open source software and violates Clause 6 of the OSI definition. See an example of such clause:
This software may be copied and distributed for educational, research, and not
for profit purposes provided that this copyright and statement are included in
all such copies.  Other copyrights may also apply.
Name Description Why it won't be packaged
EMC2 Mesh generation utility Non-Free license (verified by fedora-legal)
VMD Molecular Visualization and Analysis Package Non-Free license
fasta2 and fasta3 The FASTA programs find regions of local or global (new) similarity between Protein or DNA sequences License contains non-commercial clause
MOLDEN A package for displaying Molecular Density from Ab Initio and Semi-Empirical packages Non-Free license
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