Distributed as a single, dual-arch Live DVD
The distro can be downloaded from Softpedia as a single, dual-arch Live DVD ISO images of approximately 3GB in size, supporting both 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (i386) instruction set architectures. It must be deployed to either a USB flash drive or DVD disc in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer.
Being based on Ubuntu, it features an identical boot loader, designed to allow you to try the operating system without installing anything, directly start the installer, test the RAM for errors, boot from the first disk, as well as to check the integrity of the bootable medium (only if using a DVD media).
Modern and productive desktop environment powered by Unity
As mentioned, the distribution’s default and only desktop environment is Unity, which uses a panel/dock layout. While the panel, which is located on the upper part of the screen, is perfect for interacting with running programs, the dock will help you to quickly launch your favorite applications.
Some of the best open source bioinformatics apps
Some of the best open source bioinformatics applications are included in this Ubuntu-based operating system, among which we can mention Act, Arb, Cn3D, cytoscape, Archaeopteryx, Artemis, BTmapqtl, clustalx, Dendroscope, DDV Sequence Alignment Viewer, Entrez, Eqtl, Galaxy, GAP4, GAP5, FastQC, Geneious, GGobi, ISACreator, KiNG, LRmapqtl, mesquite and Jemboss.
Summing up, Bio-Linux is a really fast and productive operating system based on the latest upstream Ubuntu version and using the GNOME Classic desktop environment, as well as some of the best open source bioinformatics applications.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on June 5th, 2014
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- New Ubuntu 14.04 base system supports the latest hardware and provides up-to-date office software, multimedia, etc.
- Updated versions of key bioinformatics applications like QIIME, Mothur, Jalview, Artemis, BLAST, Bowtie-Bio tools and many more (users who do not upgrade will no longer get updates).
- Up-to-date versions of many R packages, including ggplot2, DESeq and edgeR plus updated Bioconductor and thousands more packages available for direct installation via C2D4U.
- Provision of pre-prepared templates for use on VMWare/VirtualBox.
Application descriptionBio-Linux is an open source Linux-based operating system that provides more than 500 bioinformatics applications on to...