Sunday 22 May 2011


To package for Debian is not difficult. It is just ... different. And once learned, that skill is ubiquitously applicable. Quite some bits that contribute to the motivation to support Debian Med in the first place is to get this kind of software out to the younger ones or just anyone seeking some opportunity to contribute to computational biology, medical informatics or clinical research in some way. This may have some very tangible outcomes, e.g. when you hear that the local doctor cannot read the DVD with images from a PET-CT then this can now be fixed for the next visit. Open Source software definitely can change the world a bit. And the packaging in Debian Med already today helps bringing the software into University Clinics world-wide and to those local doctors that are directly supported by Sebastian and Karsten.

So, if you are out there with an interest in packaging the one or other bit, just say hello on the Debian Med mailing list, please. If English does not come sufficiently easy to you then do not be afraid. At least European languages are well covered and we might find a Debian developer outside the Debian Med community for you to help in your mother tongue.

To not only read the PET-CT data but also deeply impress your doctor, currently there is help needed for a proper packaging of
and for the bioinformatics side of Debian Med, a tricky beast to package (one would start with something that works before rendering is perfect) but nonetheless important is The task pages (offline for maintenance while I type) of Debian Med show some entries in yellow (need help) and red (missing). Enough to do for everyone.

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