Bio-Linux 8 – Released July 2014
“Bio-Linux is an ideal system for scientists handling and analysing biological data.”If you use Bio-Linux in your work, please reference: Field, D., Tiwari, B., Booth, T., Houten, S., Swan, D., Bertrand, N. and Thurston, M. 2006. Open Software for biologists: from famine to feast. Nature Biotechnology 24, 801 – 803.
See recent papers that have cited Bio-Linux in Google Scholar.
Bio-Linux 8 is a powerful, free bioinformatics workstation platform that can be installed on anything from a laptop to a large server, or run as a virtual machine. Bio-Linux 8 adds more than 250 bioinformatics packages to an Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS base, providing around 50 graphical applications and several hundred command line tools. The Galaxy environment for browser-based data analysis and workflow construction is also incorporated in Bio-Linux 8.
Bio-Linux 8 represents the continued commitment of NERC to maintain the platform, and comes with many updated and additional tools and libraries. With this release we support pre-prepared VM images for use with VirtualBox, VMWare or Parallels. Virtualised Bio-Linux will power the EOS Cloud, which is in development for launch in 2015.
You can install Bio-Linux on your machine, either as the only operating system, or as part of a dual-boot set-up which allows you to use your current system and Bio-Linux on the same hardware.
Bio-Linux can also run Live from a DVD or a USB stick. This runs in the memory of your machine and does not involve installing anything. This is a great, no-hassle way to try out Bio-Linux, demonstrate or teach with it, or to work with it when you are on the move.
Bio-Linux is built on open source systems and software, and so is free to to install and use. See What’s new on Bio-Linux 8. Also, check out the 2006 paper on Bio-Linux and open source systems for biologists.
If you have over 4GB of RAM, you may prefer to use the virtual appliance[link] which can run in VirtualBox[link] under Windows or MacOX X (or indeed Linux).
If you are already a Bio-Linux 7 user, you can upgrade your Bio-Linux without re-installing.
You can install our software packages onto a pre-existing Ubuntu system.
You can set up the system in various configurations depending on your needs.
You can join a mailing list for Bio-Linux announcements, discussion or to participate at a development level.
Bio-Linux for Cloud Computing
If you are interested in doing bioinformatics on Amazon EC2 or other public cloud computing architectures you should look at our sister project, CloudBioLinux. This is a community project with involvement from NEBC developers as well as the JCVI, Harvard School of Public Health and other community members.
(links are for Bio-Linux 7, still relevant but not yet updated)