neurodebian-popularity-contest – neuroscience-oriented distribution - popcon integration

The NeuroDebian project integrates and maintains a variety of software projects within Debian that are useful for neuroscience (such as AFNI, FSL, PsychoPy, etc.) or generic computation (such as HTCondor, pandas, etc.).

This package is a complement to the generic popularity-contest package to enable anonymous submission of usage statistics to NeuroDebian in addition to the popcon submissions to the underlying distribution (either Debian or Ubuntu) popcon server.

Participating in popcon is important for the following reasons:

  • Popular packages receive more attention from developers; bugs are fixed faster and updates are provided quicker.
  • It ensures that support is not dropped for a previous release of Debian or Ubuntu while there are active users.
  • User statistics may be useful for upstream research software developers seeking funding for continued development.

This requires that popcon is activated for the underlying distribution (Debian or Ubuntu), which can be achieved by running “dpkg-reconfigure popularity-contest” as root.

Package availability chart
Distribution Base version Our version Architectures
Debian GNU/Linux 10.0 (buster) 0.38.3 0.41.0~nd100+1 i386, amd64, sparc, armel, ppc64el
Debian GNU/Linux 11.0 (bullseye) 0.41.0 0.41.0~nd110+1 i386, amd64, sparc, armel
Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 (stretch) 0.37.6 0.41.0~nd90+1 i386, amd64, sparc, armel
Debian testing (bookworm) 0.41.0    
Debian unstable (sid) 0.41.0 0.41.0~nd+1 i386, amd64, sparc, armel
Ubuntu 16.04 “Xenial Xerus” (xenial) 0.37.2 0.41.0~nd16.04+1 i386, amd64, sparc, armel
Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver” (bionic) 0.37.6 0.41.0~nd18.04+1 i386, amd64, sparc, armel
Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa” (focal)   0.41.0~nd20.04+1 i386, amd64, sparc, armel
Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo” (hirsute) 0.41.0    
Ubuntu 21.10 “Impish Indri” (impish) 0.41.0    


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