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Re: What is new in Debian-Med Etch ?

Le Tue, Apr 17, 2007 at 09:20:14PM +0200, Andreas Tille a écrit :
> On Tue, 17 Apr 2007, Charles Plessy wrote:
> >Anonther novelty of this
> >release is the first appearance of packages dedicated to experimental
> >psychology such as the Python Experiment-Programming Library.
> ... which we do not propagate / advertise inside the med-*
> meta-packages nor that I found it listed on our web page.  While

Hi all,

here is an improved version of the Etch progress report. Maybe you have
the same opinion as me: "It reads like those self-advertising messages
which we were seeing during windows installs ten years ago". But I think
that it is important to show that what we will harvest in Lenny was
already ongoing in Etch.

What is new for Debian-Med in Etch ?

The Debian-Med project strenghtened its current three main areas of
activity: imaging, bioinformatics, and medical practice. But of course,
it also benefits of all the other improvements of Debian Etch, such as
increased security with signed packages, an new way of exploring the
18,000 available packages - the Debtags, or the official support of
the amd64 architecture. 

More possibilities for neuroscience research.

Debian-Med offers tools to work with medical imaging data obtained from
various techniques such as magnetic resonnance or computer tomography
for instance. These tools are useful to pre-clinical research in
neuroscience as well and with the release of Etch, Debian-Med expanded
its support with the addition of the NIfTI library, which is
particularly focused on magnetic imaging. Other areas of neuroscience
are also being covered, such as experimental
psychology with packages for the Python Experiment-Programming Library.

Increased support of bioinformatics and molecular biology.

The number of programs available for multiple sequence alignment in
Debian-Med has more than doubled, giving a broad choice of algorithms.
Thanks to a collaboration with the upstream author of Seaview, we could
move this alignment editor in the main Debian archive. We also expanded
the support for phylogenetic analysis by adding to our collection
TreeView X, a viewer which can export in SVG format. Molecular
biologists will find a new primer design program in Debian-Med, Primer3,
and a new version of perlprimer. These two programs nicely complement as
the latter a graphical user interface and the former is well suited for
high-throughput design.

First release with the GNUmed client.

GNUmed is an electronic medical record management system. Using it with
Debian-Med, you will benefit from the robustness of the package
dependancies in Debian. Just install the gnumed-client package (or the
med-practice metapackage), and the system will take care of adding
whatever else you need: HTML browser, spellchecker, scanner support ...

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Wako, Saitama, Japan

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