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FLOSS for Neuroscience: An interview with the NeuroDebian team

Dec 02, 2011, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"NeuroDebian's goal is to bring developers and users of software for neuroscience closer together, by providing a turnkey platform where research software is well tested, integrated and made conveniently available to users. We achieve this goal through integration of neuroscience FOSS within a massive community-driven FOSS project — Debian — which delivers a robust, free and open universal operating system with possibly the largest archive of maintained software.

"NeuroDebian offers two principal benefits to the neuroscience community. First — using the language of a marketing department that we don't have — our product is the complete operating system with built-in `AppStore`, where thousands of research software products are 1-st class citizens, and are just one click away from users, and avaiable free of any charge. Upon installation, all software installations, removals, and upgrades are done through a uniform interface. Bug reports against any maintained software could be submitted using the same tool (e.g. using `reportbug`) without figuring out the support forum for each particular project. As a result, maintenance of heterogeneous research environments becomes a feasible task for any researcher. "

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