On Tue, Jul 03, 2018 13:31:59 +1000, Amit Saha wrote:
On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 8:25 PM Ankur Sinha
Welcome to the group! I hope you are familiar with Fedora Scientific  - it
is an effort to promote fedora as a open science platform.
Yes! I keep asking my lab mates to install it. Thanks so much for
working on this!
We will also be having Vagrant boxes  with the Fedora 28 release.
Since I personally am not involved in scientific research any more, my
efforts on fedora scientific is more or less in a "maintenance" mode -
hence, if you have ideas, we should look to collaborate to help take
it to the next level!
Yes, of course! I intend to remain in research (going to go looking for
post-docs soon) so I'll be around to keep things going. I'm trying to
focus my Fedora contributions towards Science now so that my $dayjob and
Fedora work are somewhat in sync :)
My priority currently is to have a Fedora Workstation based NeuroFedora
ISO to provide neuroscientists with a ready to use system. My experience
at the lab, even while only anecdotal, suggests the following:
- neuroscience is very interdisciplinary
- people with a computing background are a *minority* (I'm only 1 of
~10 people in the lab that has a computing background---the others are
- researchers, especially senior researchers that have very limited time
want a system that "just works". They do not have time to build/debug
software, and often this results in them moving to Mac/Windows where
binaries are available.
- some form of technical support is required (also results in people
moving to proprietary tools that may have a support channel)
- documentation is a must, even if it is just a list of links---people
from non-computing backgrounds do not tend to read source code to
I expect I'll use the Fedora Scientific image as a base image and build
on that. ;)
Off the top of my head, I have one or two ideas:
- Does it make sense to bring the various specific SIGs under the
Science SIG? NeuroFedora would fall under Scientific, and so would
the ML sig and others. Specifically:
* it would make the Science SIG the general purpose base that various
specific sciences can build on
* given the massive overlap in packages, we'd all be able to help each
other out with maintaining common packages. The neurosig, for example,
shares package maintaining responsibilities and the robotics and
astro SIGs seem to do that too[4,5]. Could we perhaps make the "base"
packages owned by the Science SIG as the "core" set in a way similar
to how Fedora modularity works?
If the above seems like a good idea, I can reach out to the various SIGs
and see what they think about it. More could be done then:
* What do folks think of using "Science" as a tag on Ask Fedora for
users to ask questions at? I could add subtags for the various
sciences? (Ask Fedora is now hosted by upstream for us, so it works
- I'm really glad the science SIG has documentation. Are there any plans
to migrate it over to the new docs.fedoraproject.org
hoping I can get the docs team to do a classroom session on writing
docs. We could then have a similar structure there: common
information under "Science SIG" and each speciality could have its own
I also have the GitHub Fedora Scientific organization  where I
related projects and couple of other contributors also have imported their
projects to (as far as I can recall) to help their own packaging efforts.
Ah, may I please join it? My github username is: sanjayankur31.
Please feel free to ping me on issues I may be able to help with.
Ankur Sinha "FranciscoD"