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Packaging of FSL for Debian


In the department where I work, we are doing a lot of fMRI-experiments. Almost 
all analysis tools we use are running under Debian.

We now want to try another toolbox, which is FSL 
( http://www.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl/ ). FSL is currently not available for 
Debian, but the source code can be downloaded from the homepage.

We are currently trying to package the whole thing for Debian and would 
appreciate every help we can can.

Packaging is quite difficult, since the source tarball contains a lot of 
different libraries and programs. Some of them are already available as 
separate packages in Debian.

Moreover there are unclear licensing issues. Most of the code is under some 
kind of non-commercial license 
( http://www.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl/fsl/licence.html ). While some other parts 
are GPL'ed. And there seems to be no sharp edge between those licences.

And there is another issue: FSL needs AFNI ( http://afni.nimh.nih.gov/afni/ ). 
I know of some unofficial Debian packages of AFNI 
( http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=61662 ), but I would 
really like to have them in Debian officially. Which should be no problem, 
since AFNI is completely GPL'ed.

I know there there was a discussion some time ago about making official AFNI 
packages ( http://lists.debian.org/debian-med/2004/10/msg00022.html ). Did 
that made any progress?

So far from me. I would like to here your comments.



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