On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 10:34:24PM +0000, Mattia Rizzolo wrote:
> Mind you: I don't want to discurage you, just that I feel much more
> confident with people who open themselves to other parts of debian work.
No discouragement taken :-).
I am certainly interested in tackling more comprehensive tasks in
Debian besides packaging, such as better quality control; whether
through partially automating reviews of sponsorship requests to give
quicker feedback to new maintainers; or preventing packages from
entering testing that do not build reproducibly or fail autopkgtest;
or integrating version control into the archive.
My personal background is in physics, so I would love to strengthen
Debian’s position in science. Unfortunately, scientific users have
seemingly univocally migrated to OS X laptops a long time ago, while
workstations and HPC clusters around here are dominated by RHEL and
CentOS due to their official support by hardware vendors. Further,
software is usually installed using environment-modules or lmod,
which is orthogonal to the distribution’s packaging system. I am
always happy to be proven otherwise by hearing stories of Debian
being used in science.
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