Bio-Linux Changelog

New in version 8.0.5

January 9th, 2015
  • Addresses a recent issue with the desktop failing to start on VirtualBox due to incompatible drivers.
  • Updates various packages, notably QIIME and Bowtie-Bio tools.
  • Adds the pandaseq paired end assembler.
  • Adds the updated beginners tutorial specific to Bio-Linux 8.

New in version 8.0.2 (July 30th, 2014)

  • 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.
  • Replacement of NX with x2go, a more flexible version of the fast and secure remote-desktop system.
  • Inclusion of the MATE desktop as a lightweight alternative to Unity.
  • A more robust packaging of Galaxy, with support for loading tool-shed tools, Apache proxy, automated PostgreSQL set-up, authentication to local accounts and SFTP file uploads.
  • A free kitten with every download!
  • … ok, I may have lied about the kitten but we do have some gorgeous new wallpapers submitted by the user community – see below.

New in version 7.0.3 (November 22nd, 2012)

  • Bio-Linux 7 is a fully featured, powerful, configurable and easy to maintain bioinformatics workstation. Bio-Linux provides more than 500 bioinformatics programs on an Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS base. There is a graphical menu for bioinformatics programs, as well as easy access to the Bio-Linux bioinformatics documentation system and sample data useful for testing programs.
  • Bio-Linux 7 adds many improvements over previous versions, including the Galaxy analysis environment. There are also various packages to handle new generation sequence data types.
  • You can install Bio-Linux on your machine, either as the only operating system, or as part of a dual-boot setup which allows you to use your current system and Bio-Linux on the same hardware.
  • Bio-Linux also runs Live from the 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 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.