Talk:Scientific Spin

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Packages currently Shipped

I should point out here that my idea is to have a generic toolset made available. The number of tools currently available in different domains- Physics, Chemistry, Biology is just too many. Including them all in one big spin may not make a lot of users happy, simply because if I am a engineering researcher, the Biology tools are just useless to me.

I haven't actively looked into applications which may not be available in the repository and is important to a spin such as this. Needless to say, I am going to take upon the responsibility of packaging such software, when I come across one, or its pointed to me.

If you come across a package which you want shipped, please add them here.


Miscellaneous

Science wallpapers? (For example, see here)


Suggestions for packages (already incorporated in the current KS file which was updated on August 7, 2011)

The current kickstart file includes most of these packages. (Those which have not been included are mentioned with some comments below)

Texlive 2009 or later (AMIT : IIRC, Texmaker pulls them in)

Kile (AMIT: Included in the KDE based spin)

Lyx (some people like it) (AMIT: Will be added)

dia (AMIT: Already in)

GGobi (AMIT: Will be added)

coqIDE etc (AMIT:IMO a little "niched" for Math folks?)

G3Data (AMIT: Will be added)

xfig (AMIT: Already in)

cantor (AMIT: Included in the KDE based spin)

scilab (AMIT: See [1])

rkward (AMIT: Will be added)

yacas (AMIT: Not yet packaged?)

euler (AMIT: Not yet packaged?)

ksnapshot (AMIT: Included in the KDE based spin)

gimp (AMIT: Will be added)

vpython (Proposed by AMIT)

referencer - a Bibliography manager (Proposed by AMIT)

mendeley-desktop - Manuscript library organisation. (Proposed by Cameron McPherson in a private discussion)

wine (Proposed by Cameron McPherson in a private discussion)

shutter - Screenshot grabbing tool (Proposed by Cameron McPherson in a private discussion)

pdf-shuffler - PDF manager (Proposed by Cameron McPherson in a private discussion)

backintime - Backup utility (Proposed by Cameron McPherson in a private discussion)


Packages to be added in the "next" Kickstart file

root (and associated tools - root, root-gui-fitpanel, root-physics, root-mathmore, root-minuit2, root-python) (Suggested by Lukas Middendorf)

PathScale EKO Path compilers (whenever they are ready for Fedora)

fig2ps

Torque and associated utils

bibtex2html

hevea

(Notes to self: Check the dependency of the various packages, especially for dependencies on any specific DE libs)

Update

The current kickstart file (October 5, 2011) contains the above packages and is now a beta release of F16.

Initial spin review

  1. Please fill out all fields before you mark the spin 'Ready for Wrangler'.
  2. Please state the targeted size of the spin.
  3. So is this going to be a GNOME or KDE based spin? You can only have one spin and one kickstart.
  4. What about duplicated functionality, e.g. evolution/kmail and thunderbird?
  5. What is the target audience? For me this looks like a mixture of development and science.

--Cwickert 08:34, 8 October 2011 (UTC)

Initial spin review Response

Please fill out all fields before you mark the spin 'Ready for Wrangler'.

AMIT: Done.

Please state the targeted size of the spin.

AMIT: Targetted DVD size. Right now, the ISO takes up 2.2 G.

So is this going to be a GNOME or KDE based spin? You can only have one spin and one kickstart.

AMIT: KDE. Modified the spins page

What about duplicated functionality, e.g. evolution/kmail and thunderbird?

AMIT: I will remove thunderbird from the KS file or any applications which provide duplicate functionality.

What is the target audience? For me this looks like a mixture of development and science.

AMIT: There is significant amount of coding/development which goes on in simulation based research. So, it really targets Science, who also has development "needs".

Final fixes

Thanks for your response. I have have tweaked the page a little and marked it'ready for SIG', however there are still some things that can be improved:

  1. Better slogan
  2. Add text for the spins page
  3. Add text for the download tab
  4. Rework text for the support tab. The text you enter here is meant to end up on spins.fedoraproject.org/scientific, so please don't use first person.
  5. Include an update on the artwork status

--Cwickert 09:56, 8 October 2011 (UTC)