From Fedora Project Wiki

(Fedora Scientific Spin)
Line 12: Line 12:
== 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.
* Download [ here] (Fedora 19 ISO is not available; see [ here] and [ here] for two options)
* Fedora project [ wiki]
How cool would it be to have a Linux distro which already had these installed? Say hello to Fedora-Scientific
* Testing the Scientific spin [ page]
* Fedora Scientific Spin and other Fedora updates on my [ blog]
'''Update #1:''' June, 24 - 2011
I finally started acting on this idea of mine with an email to the rel-eng list [[]].
After discussions on the mailing list with Bill Nottingham, I proposed a patch to the file [[;a=commitdiff;h=ebfe294e32736a3e3386ee9c55ffb7386821b902]].
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.
''' Update #2:''' June 29 - 2011
Started discussions on Spins SIG []
''' Update #3:''' July 03 - 2011
Created spin page at [[Scientific_Spin]]
Lot of interesting feedback and +1s on the local LUG [ list]
''' Update #4:''' July 05 - 2011
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!
''' Update #5:''' July 08 - 2011
Moved the [ 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 [ there] and leave your comments/suggestions.
''' Update #5:''' August 17  - 2011
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.
''' Update #6:''' October 9  - 2011
The [ spin] has been moved to the Ready for SIG [ category] now. I have decided to go ahead with the KDE based desktop. Time to rejoice.
''' Update #7:''' October 26  - 2011
The Scientific Spin is now all set to be released officially with Fedora 16, and the nightly builds are now available from
[ 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".
''' Update #7:''' November 1  - 2011
Blog post: [ Fedora Scientific: The Prologue]
''' Update #8:''' November 9  - 2011
Fedora Scientific Spin is out! Get it [ here].
==  Packaging ==  
==  Packaging ==  

Revision as of 01:22, 13 September 2013

Amit Saha
[[Image:{{{image}}}|none|none|Amit Saha]]
Personal Information
Birthday: {{{birthday}}}
Birthplace: {{{birthplace}}}
Home: Brisbane, Australia
Fedora-specific Information
FAS-Name: amitksaha
Miscellaneous Information
private Mail:
GPG-Key: {{{gpg}}}
Jabber: {{{jabber}}}

Hello there. I am Amit Saha. I shall summarize my efforts in the Fedora community on this page.

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


PiCloud client

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 (random notes to self)

TBD: Explore openopt for packaging.


Git for Beginners

Git basic branching and merging

Create a patch file for RPM



IRC: amitksaha