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Re: [opensuse-project] Science and Education repos/ Scientific packages
  • From: Alin Marin Elena <alinm.elena@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:12:51 +0100
  • Message-id: <4c98a1a6.03b0e30a.3859.ffff8c5a@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Dear Werner,

Thank you very much for you answer.
Personally I do not see the education repo as the place to go. Education seems
to me to be run like a opensuse distro flavoured for education, as you noticed
too, mainly highschool and general education rather than research.

An up to date repo for science is needed and will have to accommodate the
chaotic development of scientific software rather then go well structured
route of software engineering.

I can offer some of my time and knowledge on helping with the
physics/chemistry packages but before proceeding we need a well defined set of
rules and areas of expertise.



On Tuesday 21 September 2010 13:52:53 Werner Hoch wrote:
Hi Alin,

On Freitag, 17. September 2010, Alin Marin Elena wrote:
On 16 September 2010 20:44, Greg Freemyer <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx> >

Creating a repo is a simple matter of filing a bugzilla requesting

one iirc. The more difficult task is building all the packages
and pushing them into the repo(s). But again all of the above can
be down by anyone.

a science repo exists already so no need to create it

what I want is to bring it alive... and useful for scientists.
freeze cycles that govern distro and education make them irrelevant
for the scientific community.
some packages have to be updated pretty often due to addition of new
features or fixes of bugs.

Yes the science repository needs more love or should be merged into the
Education repository.

the scientific computational community is not a big one in numbers...
but is a community in which linux is predominant and unfortunately is
not opensuse...

if opensuse wants to make itself relevant at desk level for
scientists providing a rich and up to date science repo is crucial.

on gromacs the version offered is 3.3.1 the current version is 4.5.1.
also only sequential version is offered.

have you ever tried to push anything to the science repo?

I'm sorry. I wasn't very active over the last year. I've only maintained
the rpms for electronical engineering and some python packages.

I think we need a few more active maintainers if we like to have an up
to date science repository.

If you'd like to take care of the chemistry/physics packages, you're of
course very welcome. I can add you to the maintainer list, too.


Without Questions there are no Answers!
Alin Marin ELENA
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