Posted in Fedora, Science

Astronomy Lab

Today I want to introduce a Fedora Lab dedicated to Astronomy.  Whatever you’re a student, a full-time astronomer or just a passionate hobbyist, you will find this version special for you.


What is Fedora Labs?

According to their website, is  “a selection of curated bundles of purpose-driven software and content as curated and maintained by members of the Fedora Community. These may be installed as stand-alone full versions of Fedora or as add-ons to existing Fedora installations.”  Unlike the Spins, these remixes aren’t focused on the graphic environment but on tasks or goals to accomplish.

There are Labs for Security, Sciences, Design and more.  If you’re interested, you can see all the options here:


What is Fedora Astronomy Lab?

As many of you probably noticed, the Sciences Lab isn’t really about sciences in general but about maths.  Therefore, natural and humanistic sciences are left out. To fix this, an astronomy student from the University of Marburg decided to create an Astronomy Lab to bundle together all the tools they use for their career.

It comes with KDE Plasma 5 as desktop and Celestia, INDI, VirtualPlanet and RedShift among many others.  Its creator is Christian Dersch (Lupinix) who is a physics student at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

If you need further information or help, please contact the community through IRC  (#fedora-astronomy),  Mailing List  (  or the Wiki pages of the project  (Astronomy wiki page).

Last but not least, you can download the ISO from here.


Hope this is useful and thanks for reading.





Posted in Open Source, Philosophy, Projects, Science

NASA software catalogue

Do you love coding? Do you love sciences? Do you love testing stuff even if it’s unrelated to your work or daily life?  Here there’s something for you!

NASA has just released their software database including the source code from all their projects.  This means you’re free to use, test, read and modify the programmes.  Some of them have been release under Open Source licenses and some others have governamental licenses.  But not to worry, they’re all available and they’re all for free.

Of course, because of the nature of NASA’s work, most of this software is very specific and targeted, and might not have any use for the mere mortals.  Not to mention that when it comes down to data processing NASA needs (and uses) massive amounts of resource, therefore some of these programmes may not run properly in  “normal”  computers.

But…!  You can still request and try. Or at least, read the code if you can’t actually run the programme.


So… How does it works?

To get any of this, you can visit NASA Software Catalogue and download the pdf file with the complete lists or search by category in the said page.  Once you find something of interest, you request it. If you have no NASA account, you’ll be requested to create one. Note that to prevent abuse and unauthorised entries, they will monitor your activity including keystrokes.  If this is not a problem for you, just go ahead and create the account. It’s fast and simple. But requesting the software isn’t that simple.  You have to fill a form giving your personal and studying or business information.  It does look impressive but it contains no outrageous questions so it’s up to you to accept or not.

After sending this, you’ll get the license, the software and the code.  Depending on the kind of license is what you will be allowed to do or not.  Bear in mind that many of these programmes are governmental purpose only.


And now?

Now you have a NASA account you can do other interesting things and apply for other programmes as well.  Feel free to investigate.

If you want to know more:

Posted in Aviation, Contributors, Events, Science

Fly Your Ideas 

Do you love aircraft? Are you interested in the future of aviation? 

A friend of mine from the Fedora Community, Amit, and myself we are participating in Airbus hackathon  “Fly Your Ideas”.  We need at the least another member, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to join.

Twitter  @SylBlackmore

Facebook   /HakaseSylvia


More info:

Posted in Contributors, Events, Fedora, Science, Stuff

Fedora goes to NASA


Well, not literally. But I did attended the Space Apps Challenge as Fedora Ambassador and Contributor.  I joined a peculiar team working on Journey to Mars and I’m proud to say our project got through to the global instance.

Full room


Sadly, our project didn’t get through and to worse, most of my team mates abandoned.  But new people joined and the project is now alive in GitHub as a personal project and playground for Fedorians.  I still think this has a great future and if it could be used with an aircraft like the Airlander (e.g.) and Fedora as system base, it could be of a great help in many situations.


Airlander cockpit
Airlander cockpit


There were also some gifts like a book and a power bank provided by IBM and a blue t-shirt.

My pretty things (WP)
My deck post-hackathon


In any case, it was a very interesting experience and reminded me why I love hackathons so much.  I hope to participate in similar events in the near future.

As final note, I want to thank Marcello Farías who organised and made this event possible.


For those who might be interested, these are the links: 

Olympus Mons in NASA:

Our project in GitHub:

Airlander Aircraft: