Summary: Provide an appreciation of open-source software in evolutionary biology research to the Fedora community using SLiM (available in Copr)
Description: provide an overview of how my ecology research and career has progressed thanks to Linux, and Fedora. The article will aim to introduce users to ecology and evolutionary biology by showing them:
- the presence of GNU and libre software in scientific research.
- how to install SLiM, an evolutionary simulation framework from Copr
- how to load a ‘recipe’ to learn the features of the scripting language, Eidos, and the SLiMgui development environment
- freely available resources for learning biology
I would be suited to write this article, as I have used the software in my undergraduate research for two years, and I am the package maintainer for SLiM on Fedora-type Linuxes. The developer of SLiM has agreed to an interview, and I may include this in the article if I come up with any interesting questions to ask.
An article in the magazine that interested me was “Jupyter and data science in Fedora.” I have used Jupyter Notebooks a little bit in my work, but I could follow-up on that article if this present proposal is interesting enough to become a series of articles.
Summary: introduce users to Jupyter kernels by showing how to install and configure the R kernel
Description: a previous article in the magazine detailed Jupyter and data science in Fedora; this article details how to make use of an R kernel in Fedora to use GNU R for statistical analysis and visualization. Specifically:
- How to install the R kernel using dnf
- Configuring Jupyter to use the kernel in a notebook
- A short introduction to R
- How to visualize some SLiM output with R