Debian Med is a "Debian Pure Blend" with the aim to develop Debian into an operating system that is particularly well fit for the requirements for medical practice and biomedical research. The goal of Debian Med is a complete free and open system for all tasks in medical care and research. To achieve this goal Debian Med integrates related free and open source software for medical imaging, bioinformatics, clinic IT infrastructure, and others within Debian OS.
Debian Med contains a set of metapackages that declare dependencies on other Debian packages, and that way the complete system is prepared for solving particular tasks. The best overview about Debian Med is given at the tasks page.
For a more in-depth discussion, several talks about Debian Med and Debian Pure Blends in general are available as slides, partly with video recording.
Contact and developer information
The Debian Med mailing list is the central point of communication for Debian Med. It serves as a forum for potential, as well as current, users of the Debian system who want to use their computer for medical tasks. Additionally, it is used to coordinate development efforts around the various topics of Medicine. You can subscribe to and unsubscribe from it using the list web page. You will also find the list archives on that page.
Important places for developer information:
- The Wiki page
- The Blends page
- The Debian Med policy which explains packaging rules in the team
- Git repositories of Debian Med packages on Salsa
Included software projectsThe Debian Pure Blends system provides an autogenerated overview of all included software of a Blend. Just have a look at the so called tasks pages of Debian Med to learn about all included software and projects which are on our todo list for inclusion into Debian.
- Build a solid software base for medical health care with emphasis on easy installation, easy maintenance and security.
- Encourage the co-operation of authors of different software projects with similar goals.
- Test suite for easy evaluation of the quality of medical software.
- Provide information and documentation of medical software.
- Help upstream authors to get their products packaged for Debian.
- Show commercial software companies the strengths of a solid base system and make them consider to port their software to Linux or even to switch to Open Source.
What can I do to help?
There is a Wiki page containing a list of things which can be done to help the project.
Marketing & PR
Once we have something to show for this project, and indeed even in the formative stages of this project, we are being watched by the eyes of the world. We will necessarily want to work with firstname.lastname@example.org to get the word out and to help give Debian and this project the kind of exposure we want. For this purpose we will build a collection of slides of talks about Debian Med.
- Debian Med is working closely together with Bio-Linux. While Bio-Linux is based on Ubuntu LTS releases the packages of biologic scope are maintained inside Debian by the Debian Med team.