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Re: math package maintainer for Debian

On 14 October 2006 at 14:30, David Joyner wrote:
| > On 14 October 2006 at 13:00, David Joyner wrote:
| > | I am part of a development team for a
| > | GPL'd math software package called SAGE. We could like
| > | to ask a question of a contact person from the Debian team who
| > | deals with math packages. If such a person is reading this list
| > | (or if someone on this list knows of such a person), please
| A key component of Singular is now GPL'd, which means
| that Singular could now be included in Debian.  Serious license
| We are also hopeful that Debian will consider distributing not
| just Singular but SAGE as a Debian package. At this point though, we
| are just requesting that the Debian team reconsider Singular.

Very encouraging news, but note that as Debian is fairly decentralised, it
would take one or more individuals to actually express an interest in
singular and to go ahead and package and maintainit.  The 'formal' way to
suggest that is to file a so-called 'wnpp' (for 'work needed and prospective
packages') bug report requesting a package.  And going by the 'requested'
list at


it appears that has in fact happened two months ago: see   


But as I do not see singular in 


so it would appear that your call for volunteers here is justified.  Package
adoption is unpredictable -- it may, or may not happen, during any given time
span.  So sorry -- we simply do not have the bandwidth to promise you a
singular package for any given timeline.  Maybe one of computer-algebra
maintainers will jump at it ...

As for SAGE as a whole, it may be best to directly talk to the package
maintainers that cover whatever pieces you also use in SGAE.  I for one would
be happy to help you where I can with my GNU GSL package if you'd need any
changes (and provided those changes do not have side-effects for other users,
of course).

Thanks, Dirk

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something. 
                                                  -- Thomas A. Edison

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