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Re: Do we need Debian(-Med) machines?

On Sun, 12 Aug 2007, Steffen Moeller wrote:

Andreas I would like to co-sign it


* while intending to keep is short I happily accept ideas for improving the

See below.

* should we spike the Debian-Med main page with a reference to the Debian-Med
Wiki page?

Well, this can be done anyway independently from the letter.

Dear  ...,

we met at the ISMB in Vienna where I learned a lot about your PowerPC-Cell
platform and took the opportunity to introduce you to the Debian Linux
Bioinformatics community. I asked for the possibility to grant access to such

I'm not sure about the right wording, but I often faced that people stumbled
about the fact that it is called "Medicine" but contains a lot of "Biology".
People tend to separate this often quite strictly.  So perhaps something like

  ... to the Debian GNU/Linux Medical community that has a very important
      fraction (in fact the main part) dealing with micro biology and
      genetics which means in fact that you find a lot of people with
      high competence in biology here.
  (or something like that).

It makes the letter a little bit longer but is often needed for clarification.

a machine to developers for the Debian community to promote that platform.
We agreed that it might be mutually beneficial to such establish closer ties
with the Debian community and, if you are still interested, I can only offer
to help evaluating possible routes to implement these.

There is a second not unrelated issue in which I perceive you as a potential
ally. The developers from the Debian-Med community
(http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-med/index.de.html) become increasingly
aware that for their Bioinformatics support the next strategic move is the

Ahh - here you make the relation yourself - perhaps this is enough, I just
leave my first idea for the record - perhaps it is not necessary what I
wrote above.

integration of public data with to the already available software. The
frequent updates of the data paired with the considerable size of the data
however prohibits their distribution via regular Debian channels and its
mirrors. Furthermore, the indexing of data needs to be performed in strict
synchronicity with the data and is considerably time consuming. To have such
files available as Debian packages would solve these issues. May I bluntly
ask if you would be prepared to help with a (non backuped) server for a
community project that is addressing the provisioning of bioinformatics data
packages for Debian Linux? Maybe on a Cell-based machine?

Some side thoughts: Bioinformatics Debian may experience a further boost with
the advent of the BOSC liveCD (http://open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC/liveCD) which
will be based on Debian. If essential bioinforamtics data can be seemlessly
collected into packages, then a general acceptance of those may be beneficial
for the local evaluation of scripts prior to the submission to deep computing
facilities or grid computing in general.

Best regards

<whoever wants to contribute>

   Andreas Tille

Nice letter.  Am I right that you intentionally left out the topic of
travel sponsoring which was another idea?

Kind regards



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