RFC: Fedora Spin for Scientific Research

Amit Saha droidery at gmail.com
Tue May 31 15:38:56 UTC 2011

On 06/01/2011 01:30 AM, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> Amit Saha (droidery at gmail.com) said:
>>> Or worked in as part of the development group; certainly a good
>>> chunk of what you need should be included there.
>> By excluding the packages, which I do not want installed is one way
>> I can think of. This will eliminate the need to specify certain
>> individual packages, but I might have to explicitly exclude more
>> packages than I need to explicitly include now.
>> Also individual "utilities" like 'rlwrap','screen' will still have
>> to be there, since they are either included in a group with other
>> packages which wouldn't necessarily be useful for a default install.
> My point is - what usage cases are you trying to hit that require
> certain utilities, but don't require other ones?
> i.e., you want gcc, but you want to exclude automake/autoconf/etc? This
> would be overly limiting, in my opinion.
> Similarly, insisting on thunderbird but saying that the other utilities
> might be too much seems a little odd to me.

I agree. The current list of packages is quite subjective in nature -- 
the subject being myself. That was the initial attempt, strictly for 
hobbyistic reasons.

Thunderbird is definitely going out of this spin and so will other 
packages which are there, strictly because they are personal favorites. 
I shall keep you/list updated on the new kickstart file. I will also 
include the umbrella tools like automake,autoconf.

Should I clone the 'comps' repo and write a patch for the "Scientific 
and Engineering" group? This will help me in writing the kickstart file 
as well.

Thanks for your suggestions.


> Bill

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