RFC: Fedora Spin for Scientific Research

Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
Tue May 31 15:46:27 UTC 2011

Amit Saha (droidery at gmail.com) said: 
> >>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.

Sounds like a good start, yes.


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