Please see the f16 comps file 
for all the packages which are installed as mandatory in the
Ok, excellent I wondered where that full list was hiding.
Thanks for your suggestions. Funny, I think I missed 'spyder'
Definitely include spyder, think it is the best DE for scientific software I
have used (miles above Eclipse in the form of the IDL DE)
I have thought of another couple of packages that I use, both of which are
flagged as optional in the @engineering-and-scientific group, does this mean
they get installed?
pybibliographer (a BibTeX editor)
Asymptote (a graphing language that integrates with LaTeX)
Do you mean to say, that you would like to install just the packages
are needed for running IDL?
That is exactly what I meant, it took me about 1 hour to dig myself out of
IDL 7 dependency hell when I needed to install it. I posted up the list of
dependencies and how I worked them out on my blog. http://goo.gl/6a7jM
its something which could be definitely looked into.
It's not a huge number of packages, although a lot of 32bit versions of
already install 64bit packages were needed. Could some kind of
"meta-package" be created to allow it to be easily installed if needed?
Also, how do you find, GNU Data language ?
Ohhhhh, never seen that before!! That might be worth putting in?
Is there a GUI for it? (like the IDL DE)
I will try and see if keeping GNOME3 based spin is possible or not.
What about an option on install? Or would that cause issues with the iso