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
> 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 and Debian Edu 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