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 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
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.
How cool would it be to have a Linux distro which already had these installed? Say hello to Fedora-Scientific
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 comps-f16-xml.in file [].
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
Other Fedora Activities
Member and List administrator of Fedora Science and Technology SIG
Miscellaneous (random notes to self)
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
TBD: Explore Yorick for packaging. Will possibly be of interest to SciTech SIG.
TBD: LaTex-Beamer for packaging - Beamer included in "texmaker". DONE.
TBD: Explore openopt for packaging.
IRC: Not much of a IRC user.