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And now for something completely different...

Postposted on Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:27 pm

As I was syncing the Ubuntu mirror I maintain at work to a backup copy on an external hard drive, I just happened to notice an unfamiliar package name go flashing by: "gwyddion". Thinking that it was a rather odd name for a package, I decided to query the package manager to see what it was:

apt-cache show gwyddion wrote:Gwyddion is a modular program for Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) data visualization and analysis. It is primarily intended for analysis of height field data obtained by microscopy techniques like Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Near-field Scanning Optical Microscopy (SNOM or NSOM) and others. However, it can be used for arbitrary height field and image analysis.

I guess that just goes to show that there's some pretty obscure (and specialized) stuff in the official repositories!
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Re: And now for something completely different...

Postposted on Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:31 pm

just brew it! wrote:I guess that just goes to show that there's some pretty obscure (and specialized) stuff in the official repositories!

Well a lot of scientists often have to write their own stuff because nothing exists in their particular field. It's even better when it's fully open sourced and contributed back into the community. Thereby avoiding a lot of the wheel reinvention that goes on.

On a similar not it's amazing the wide variety of hardware that Linux supports. I always wanted to get a hold of a Sun machine just to use as a cool looking Linux box.
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