On Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 1:03 PM, Amit Saha<droidery(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone:
> I wanted to bring to your attention my efforts at creating a Fedora
> Scientific Spin . I have put in the spin page  some of my goals,
> the reasons of the packages I have selected and the current state of
> the project.
> Reproducing from there:
> This spin will be based on the Fedora desktop spin. In addition, a
> number of tools and libraries for scientific research is included. I
> have decided upon the current set of applications based on my own
> experience and some discussions on mailing lists, notably the Canberra
> Linux Users Group.
> The current set of packages include a IDE, tools and libraries for
> programming in C, C++, Python, Java and R. Also included alongwith are
> libraries for parallel computing such as the OpenMPI and OpenMP. Tools
> for typesetting, writing and publishing are included. Scientific
> computing libraries and tools such as the GNU Scientific Library,
> SciPy, Octave, Maxima are also shipped in this spin.
> The current set of packages are provided from the Fedora 15 repository
> for my tests and the ISO stands at ~1.6 Gigs. I am currently using it
> on my Desktop and after installation takes about ~6 gigs of disk
> space. Since Fedora 15 is stable, so is Fedora Scientific!
> (NB: As of now, the Rawhide repository is far from being stable and I
> hence I have refrained from using it for my testing.)
> Like I have pointed out in the spin page, I want this spin to be under
> the umbrella of the SciTech SIG and hence invite all of you to kindly
> make your suggestions/comments.
> I shall keep the list updated on the progress of this effort,
> specially the outcome of the spin wrangling process.
>  https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Amitksaha#Fedora_Scientific_Spin
>  https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Scientific_Spin
To add to my previous email, I have sought the kind services of the
Fedora design team to create a logo
for the spin. You can see the current efforts and discussions at
It would be great to have your ideas on the current logo.
Also, do post your comments/suggestions on the discussion page at
Some more updates:
- I just included a number of new packages in this spin based on the
feedback from some community members and private discussions
- I haven't yet had any notification from the spin wrangler as to the
acceptance of this spin for F16
- Since F16 has been branched, I am using the F16 release repos instead
of the F15 ones.
The kickstart file is at  and the spin page at . The discussions
page is at 
I was also wondering whether to make it GNOME/KDE/XFCE. I am personally
a GNOME 3 fan. However, I am not sure whether KDE might be a better idea
or all three?