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Re: My report from Debian Med sprint 1.+2. February 2014 in Stonehaven

Hi Daniel,

many thanks for your report.  It helps making sprints more popular and
thus ensures continuous support from sponsors and Debian funds.

On Tue, Feb 04, 2014 at 11:09:34AM +0000, Daniel Barker wrote:
> On the first evening (31 January) I gave a short presentation,
> 'Bioinformatics education: the 4273pi project', about our educational work
> using low-cost Raspberry Pi computers
> (http://eggg.st-andrews.ac.uk/4273pi) and how it might fit with Debian-Med
> in the future.

BTW, thanks for this presentation and I hope that we will be able to
include anything you need (with your help for sure :-)).

> On the second day, I attended Andreas' excellent tutorial on how to create
> packages.

Thanks. :-)
> Before the event, I had thought our phylogeny program LVB might be a
> useful first thing to package (http://eggg.st-andrews.ac.uk/lvb). However,
> the licence would bar it from the main repository. We will address that
> upstream first. We planned to do this anyway, but it will take some time.

It is always nice to have good contact to upstream to sort out things
like this.

> Working on Linaro (Ubuntu) for the ARM-based Cotton Candy
> (http://www.fxitech.com), I decided to package Nw-align. At an early stage
> I found the software does not work, at least on this platform. I did not
> try other platforms. I abandoned this packaging effort.

General remark:  I could imagine that upstream might be interested in
what exactly did not worked.  Arm becomes a more and more interesting
platform and thus they might be happy to get some feedback.  In case
you might contact them it might not harm to also teach them about
versioning their download tarballs.

> I turned my attention to Ngila, whose packaging remains work-in-progress.
> I will complete this within the next couple of weeks.

Just for your information:  I updated my work from long ago to the current
Debian Med policy to not let you clean up my old stuff.  I also added you
as Uploader for the package.

> I realised it will be technically fairly easy to package 4273pi
> Bioinformatics for Biologists for Debian-Med when we are ready. First,
> there are matters we would like to work on (upstream), most of which are
> not specific to Debian-Med. This is good news.

That's really nice to hear since we seem to be on the right track
for our mission.

> I enjoyed the whole event. Among other things, I got from it exactly what
> I wanted to know - i.e. how to make Debian-Med packages.

Well, what you exactly learned was how to create *Debian* (without
'-Med') packages.  We are just working inside Debian which makes the
strength of the whole project.

> This information
> is online, but anything of this complexity is rather daunting without a
> tutorial in person. I will still get things wrong, but there's plenty of
> help available.

Yep.  Please don't be shy with changes.  Every mistake can be fixed and
you learn best by doing mistakes.

> Many thanks to the organisers, presenters and participants.

Thanks to you as well.

Kind regards



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