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New maintainer - intent to package LAM 6.1

Following the post about Debina for use in clusters and distributed
processing the other day:

This is a formal announcement that I am applying as a new developer.   
[I've been lurking round debian-devel for a couple of years and
was a beta tester for 1.3 and am now a beta tester for hamm].

I've not packaged anything before: I am also subscribed to the mentors

I intend to package LAM 6.1. This is a message passing implementation
for use in clusters. The software is originally from the Ohio State
Supercomputing Centre but is now being maintained at Notre Dame University.
The software is fully GPL'd and is available in tarball format.
the special packages as .debs
The Extreme Linux CD contains GPL'd softwsre packaged as .rpms and .srpms.
Most of the CD is standard Red Hat 5.1: three or four specialist packages
[beotools, kernel config, modified kernel sources] are _only_ available
as .rpms / .srpms. The Beowulf people as NASA are using Red Hat exclusively:
AFAICS there are no pristine tarballs. What is the Right Thing to do?

LAM probably complements / replaces PVM or MPICH which are already
packaged for Debian: each of these is a message passing implementation
for parallel machines in clusters.

All advice gratefully received.


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