Dear Waldek, 

thanks for your explanation on FriCAS long term goals. Below a few, mild 
replies.

> In general
> you need to figure out what package manager given disto uses and what
> flavour of packages it needs.  That already two extra steps compared to
> using a tarball (OK, using a tarball you need to know if you run 32
> bit distro or 64 bit one and you are out of luck if the machine is
> not PC-compatible, but still simpler).

Mmm... you are skipping  "...with a guarantee of future automatic upgrades.":
I do "apt-get install" once, then I "apt-get dist-upgrade" (or apt-get 
safe-upgrade") and all the software in my machine is up to date with no 
effort.... what is simpler for a lazy|busy user?

>_You_ may voice request at distribution to include FriCAS. 

OK, could be better written, but done:
https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=890525

I guess that FriCAS users interested in having binaries  distributed by debian, 
if any around, should support my request for a new package fricas (reportbug, 
package: wnpp, bug: 890525), otherwise it will have zero measure...

> Does it matter much what is official?

Right, bad wording: replace "official" by "reliable".

> That is a wiki: by definition it is unstructured and disorganised.

Just for nut-picking's love: "Unstructured by definition" OK, but 
"disorganized" is not necessary the case if the goal of the wiki is to transmit 
information to users. I do not know the current software, but in eg Mediawiki 
you may organize articles in a graph of categories just by adding simple tags 
like [[SPAD]], [[Install]], [[Integration]], [[History]], [[Beginners]] and 
have the category page automatically generated. Overview or starting point 
pages describing stable content may be manually added  for tree-like reading.

Best,
ric

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