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On 12:06 Sun 05 Dec , Sébastien Fabbro wrote:
> Kacper Kowalik wrote:
> > Also, since it was already mentioned on #gentoo-dev, we could have
> > "sci" profile with USE="fortran" and remove it from base.
> > To my great amazement it seems that not everybody use Fortran on a
> > daily basis :P
> That was what initiated the idea. Also I was thinking of larger scale
> project such as initiating automatic creation of some basic science VM
> we could distribute, based on those profiles.
This is an interesting point for the future. I have the feeling that
the trend for scientific computing is towards integrated systems with
many components (i.e. bundled libraries). Mathematical examples that
come to mind: sage, scilab, Macaulay, singular..., Some of the upstreams
there are actively pursuing the approach of shipping a VM, for instance
as the "windows version". There might be a chance for Gentoo to provide
a single VM that has it all.
+1 for the profiles and VM idea.