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Hello there! I am Amit Saha. I am a Ph.D student at the University of New South Wales, Australia and my research focus is on Optimization using Evolutionary Algorithms. I have been involved in several open source efforts in the past, like the NetBeans IDE and bits and pieces in some other projects. I pursue technical writing as a serious pastime for 3+ years now. My [http://echorand.me blog] has all the random bits and pieces and links to my articles and community efforts.
 
 
I shall summarize my efforts in the Fedora community on this page. My immediate plan for contribution to the Fedora community is to create a Fedora scientific spin which i describe next.
 
  
  
 
== Fedora Scientific Spin ==
 
== Fedora Scientific Spin ==
  
I am a long-term Linux user and have been into full-time scientific research for the past 3 years now. Everytime I have to do a fresh-install of Linux (not so frequently, ofcourse), I have to download a bunch of tools which I use regularly. For example, gnuplot, xfig, LaTex compilers, numpy, etc.  
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* Download [http://spins.fedoraproject.org/scientific-kde/ here] (Fedora 19 ISO is not available; see [http://echorand.me/2013/07/04/creating-a-fedora-19-scientific-iso/ here] and [http://echorand.me/2013/07/04/upgrading-fedora-18-scientific-to-fedora-19-scientific/ here] for two options)
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* Fedora project [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Scientific_Spin wiki]
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* Testing the Scientific spin [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Scientific_Packages_Testing page]
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* Fedora Scientific Spin and other Fedora updates on my [http://echorand.me/category/fedora/ blog]
  
How cool would it be to have a Linux distro which already had these installed? Say hello to Fedora-Scientific
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==  Packaging ==
  
'''Update #1:''' June, 24 - 2011
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[https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=799810 PiCloud client] (Stalled)
  
I finally started acting on this idea of mine with an email to the rel-eng list [[http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/rel-eng/2011-May/012251.html]].
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== Google Summer of Code'12 Efforts ==
  
After discussions on the mailing list with Bill Nottingham, I proposed a patch to the comps-f16-xml.in file [[http://git.fedorahosted.org/git/?p=comps.git;a=commitdiff;h=ebfe294e32736a3e3386ee9c55ffb7386821b902]].
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[https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/GSOC_2012/Student_Application_amitksaha Student page]
  
I already have the kickstart file ready for this one, which I shall post to the mailing list soon, once I have tested my ISO. It currently stands at 1.1 G.
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[https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/GSOC_2012/Student_Application_amitksaha/OnDemandBuildService#On-Demand_Fedora_Build_Service Proposal] (Proposal accepted)
  
''' Update #2:''' June 29 - 2011
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[http://echorand.me/category/fedora/gsoc2012/ Blog posts]
  
Started discussions on Spins SIG [http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/fedora-spins/2011-June/002008.html]
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[https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/AmitKsaha_GSocNotes GSoC Project Notes]
  
''' Update #3:''' July 03 - 2011
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== Fedora Resources ==
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[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_a_Fedora_install_ISO_for_testing How to Create a Fedora Install ISO for testing]
  
Created spin page at [[Scientific_Spin]]
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[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_and_use_a_Live_CD Creating a Fedora Live CD]
  
Lot of interesting feedback and +1s on the local LUG [http://lists.samba.org/archive/linux/2011-July/030331.html list]
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[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/CustomSpins Fedora Custom Spins]
  
''' Update #4:''' July 05 - 2011
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[http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/ Nightly Rawhide Builds]
  
Based on the suggestions on CLUG, added a number of development tools and libs and other packages. Please see the kickstart file linked from [[Scientific_Spin]] for the details. From being a bare-bone scientific distro, its becoming fully-loaded!
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[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_an_RPM_package How to Create a RPM package]
  
''' Update #5:''' July 08 - 2011
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[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:Guidelines Fedora Packaging Guidelines]
  
Moved the [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Scientific_Spin spin] page to "Ready for Wrangler" category. I am currently using a Fedora scientific build on my desktop and all the custom applications seems to be working fine! There is also a discussion page for the spin now. Go [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Talk:Scientific_Spin there] and leave your comments/suggestions.
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[http://dotancohen.com/howto/yum_repo.html Local Yum repository]
  
''' Update #5:''' August 17  - 2011
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[http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/yum-downloadonly-plugin/ Download (not install) packages]
  
The spin is still under review. I thought it might be a good idea to have both a GNOME 3 and KDE based spin. Infact I think I like KDE more now :-) So there will be two kickstart files, one for GNOME 3 and other for KDE. Uploaded some screenshots accessible from the Spin page.
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[http://fedoranews.org/tchung/gpg/ Signing your custom packages]
 
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''' Update #6:''' October 9  - 2011
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The [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Scientific_Spin spin] has been moved to the Ready for SIG [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:Spins_Ready_For_SIG category] now. I have decided to go ahead with the KDE based desktop. Time to rejoice.
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''' Update #7:''' October 26  - 2011
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The Scientific Spin is now all set to be released officially with Fedora 16, and the nightly builds are now available from
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[http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/ here]. Download the ISO and burn it to a DVD or a USB key (preferably 4G or greater) using "dd if=*.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=8M".
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== Fedora Resources ==
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[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_and_use_a_Live_CD Creating a Fedora Live CD]
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[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/CustomSpins Fedora Custom Spins]
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[http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/ Nightly Rawhide Builds]
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== Other Fedora Activities ==
 
== Other Fedora Activities ==
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Member and List administrator of [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/SciTech Fedora Science and Technology SIG ]
 
Member and List administrator of [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/SciTech Fedora Science and Technology SIG ]
  
== Miscellaneous (random notes to self) ==  
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== Miscellaneous ==
  
'''TODO''': Blog post explaining the current state of the kickstart file, packages installed, ISO size, etc. Example test cases/programs for the various libraries/tools to see if everything is working as it should
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* As a Red Hat Employee, my "official" work is on [http://beaker-project.org/ Beaker]
  
'''TBD:''' Explore [http://www.maumae.net/yorick/doc/index.php Yorick] for packaging. Will possibly be of interest to SciTech SIG.
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== Links ==
  
'''TBD:''' LaTex-Beamer for packaging - Beamer included in "texmaker". DONE.
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[http://stackoverflow.com/questions/315911/git-for-beginners-the-definitive-practical-guide Git for Beginners]
  
'''TBD:''' Explore [http://openopt.org/Welcome openopt] for packaging.
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[http://book.git-scm.com/3_basic_branching_and_merging.html Git basic branching and merging]
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[http://wiki.networksecuritytoolkit.org/nstwiki/index.php/HowTo_Create_A_Patch_File_For_A_RPM Create a patch file for RPM]
  
 
== Contact ==
 
== Contact ==
  
Blog: [http://echorand.me http://echorand.me]
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Email: amitksaha@fedoraproject.org
  
Email: droidery@gmail.com
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IRC: amitksaha
  
IRC: Not much of a IRC user.
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Blog: [http://echorand.me http://echorand.me]

Revision as of 05:10, 12 November 2013

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Contents

Fedora Scientific Spin

  • Download here (Fedora 19 ISO is not available; see here and here for two options)
  • Fedora project wiki
  • Testing the Scientific spin page
  • Fedora Scientific Spin and other Fedora updates on my blog

Packaging

PiCloud client (Stalled)

Google Summer of Code'12 Efforts

Student page

Proposal (Proposal accepted)

Blog posts

GSoC Project Notes

Fedora Resources

How to Create a Fedora Install ISO for testing

Creating a Fedora Live CD

Fedora Custom Spins

Nightly Rawhide Builds

How to Create a RPM package

Fedora Packaging Guidelines

Local Yum repository

Download (not install) packages

Signing your custom packages

Other Fedora Activities

Member and List administrator of Fedora Science and Technology SIG

Miscellaneous

  • As a Red Hat Employee, my "official" work is on Beaker

Links

Git for Beginners

Git basic branching and merging

Create a patch file for RPM

Contact

Email: amitksaha@fedoraproject.org

IRC: amitksaha

Blog: http://echorand.me