I'm the change owner. The benefit is a ready to work Fedora for astronomers. One
special reason for the KDE desktop is KStars. It is part of the KDE project and the
leading free software for observatory control. There are no Gtk equivalents and I really
don't want to ship a GNOME-based spin and then add a huge bunch of KDE software. With
KStars and INDI it is possible to boot your system using the Spin, just connect telescope
and camera and then have fun :) This is very nice to get new Fedora users in field of
amateur astronomy. Many of them say "Linux is so complicated...", with a Spin
just give them a live medium and let them play with it. You could also have a look at
, especially the Forum. KStars/Ekos is the most commonly used software
in this field.
Additional Information: We are currently discussing about a modified title:
On Fri Jun 26 14:41:04 UTC 2015, Stephen Gallagher wrote:
On Fri, 2015-06-26 at 10:32 -0400, Jan Kurik wrote:
/ = Proposed Self Contained Change: Astronomy Spin =
/>/ Change owner(s): Christian Dersch <lupinix at mailbox dot org >
/>/ A Fedora Spin providing a complete toolchain for both amateur and
/>/ professional astronomers.
/>/ == Detailed Description ==
/>/ In both amateur and professional astronomy and astrophysics Linux is
/>/ a very popular operating system. More and more data analysis is
/>/ performed using Python, especially the astropy project is a quite new
/>/ effort providing a professional toolchain. The Astronomy Spin
/>/ provides a complete scientific Python environment (2 and 3) as well
/>/ as the AstrOmatic software. For observational astronomy, KStars
/>/ provides a complete solution for astrophotography using the INDI
/>/ library. In addition to an astronomical collection of packages the
/>/ spin also adds a menu for astronomy to make work more comfortable.
/>/ == Scope ==
/>/ * Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
/>/ * Release engineering: Add spin to spin-kickstarts, ensure spin has
/>/ been tested, and release with rest of spins
/>/ * Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
/>/ * Trademark approval: Requested
I don't really see what benefit there is to having a spin for this. It
sounds like it might be just as effective to work with the GNOME
Software folks on getting an Astronomy Tools group in the Software app
made highly visible.
We could then just advertise Astronomy-related functionality as a new
feature of Workstation.