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Re: does Debian help detect gravitational waves?

On 14/02/16 01:56, Yaroslav Halchenko wrote:
> On Sun, 14 Feb 2016, Aurelien Jarno wrote:
>>> https://www.lsc-group.phys.uwm.edu/lscdatagrid/doc/reference-platform.html
>>> The Ganglia graph (top right corner of the page) appears to be generated
>>> on a Debian host using the official packages (it has ganglia-webfrontend
>>> in the URL)
>>> Drill down into the Ganglia reports and we can even see things like
>>> kernel package version
>>> http://silkspectre.cgca.uwm.edu/ganglia/?r=hour&cs=&ce=&m=os_release&s=by+name&c=NEMO&h=&host_regex=&max_graphs=0&tab=m&vn=&sh=1&z=small&hc=4
>>> os_release: 3.16.0-0.bpo.4-amd64
>> Please have a look at the article (BTW released under CC license):
>>   https://journals.aps.org/prl/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102
>> The article itself has one thousand of authors from 133 different
>> institutes member of the LIGO and VIRGO cooperation. It is a result of
>> a huge amount of work by thousands of persons in the last 15 years to
>> design, build, improve, operate the instrument, but also to work on the
>> theory or simulation.
>> For sure Debian has been used somewhere, just like Slackware, MS-DOS,
>> HP-UX or any other system have helped at some moment. Just looking at
>> one random website from one small subpart of the whole project to
>> conclude about the Debian implication in the whole project just doesn't
>> make sense. It is just like deducing that pelican helps the Debian
>> project because it is used on the Debian blog.
> FWIW that link
> https://www.lsc-group.phys.uwm.edu/lscdatagrid/doc/reference-platform.html
> at least now has already explicit listing
> Reference Operating Systems
>     Scientific Linux 6.1
>     Debian 6.0 Squeeze
>     CentOS 5.3 (to be deprecated)
>     Debian 5.0, Lenny (to be deprecated)
> So I guess Debian was of some notable help, and I am really glad that our work
> at least tiny bit contributed to this event.  But that is it.  Somewhat
> twisting while overall agreeing with the point of Aurelien's reply --
> Debian was probably used somewhere along the way of any recent sizeable
> research endeavor simply because it is used in so many scenarios and places.
> Was Debian indispensable? probably not,  was it facilitating? hopefully yes.

I don't think anybody was suggesting it was indispensable.

Nonetheless, Debian appears to have been chosen over other alternatives
and mentioned in a few places

It would be interesting to ask the more general question if free
software is indispensable for such efforts though

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