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Re: Bug#572374: please consider Section: Education

[Bringing this bug to the eyes of debian-devel readers]

On Wed, Mar 03, 2010 at 08:34:48PM +0100, Ana Guerrero wrote:
> Package: ftp.debian.org
> Hi,
> While trying to sort of the Section field for the apps included in kdeedu,
> I started to wonder if we are missing a subsection in the archive for 
> educational applications.
> We have a lot of new applications in the archive that are not exactly 
> games. Currently most of the applications are split between the subsections 
> misc and games.
> E.g.: under games we have childsplay, tuxtype and under "misc" we have
> jclic, anki and most of the debian-edu metapackages.
> We also have several linguistic applications (no localization ones) that could
> fall under this category: apertium, kiten or parley.
> I am sure there are more educational apps "hidden" under other categories.

While I agree in principle with this attempt there might be a lot of
packages which fit into Science *and* Education section.  The sections
approach in Debian is weak in the way that a package can only be put in
one section.  The alternatives are DebTags and the Blends tasks.  If you
compare the tasks of Debian Science[1] and Debian Edu[2] in the
"typical" sciences Astronomy, Chemistry, Electronics, Mathematics and
Physics you will realise the problem.

So I agree that education related applications from section misc should
definitely get a better home.  But even in the Games section you will
find packages where people would rather see them here than in Education
(even if I personally would like to see the "educational" Games in a
specific section).

Kind regards


[1] http://blends.alioth.debian.org/science/tasks/
[2] http://blends.alioth.debian.org/edu/tasks/


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