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A blog by Tim Booth of the NEBC. I'll be using this blog to pass on some of my tips for users of the Bio-Linux system (see the first post), and maybe some other useful nuggets that come my way.

Changing the default keyboard on Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD

Posted 10-30-2012 at 08:07 AM by avarus (Tim's Bio-Linux tips)


This isn't a user tip - as you can probably see I didn't do very well keeping up on those. Instead here's a rather technical and long-winded commentary about what is going on regarding setting the default keyboard on the Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD, from a British perspective. This is important to me because I use the customised Bio-Linux Live USB stick image for teaching purposes, and I use it in UK academic labs. If the first thing I have to do in each course is to get the students...
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Evolution - notification and RSS

Posted 04-02-2009 at 07:57 AM by avarus (Tim's Bio-Linux tips)

Better late than never, some more tips based on my Experience of running the Ubuntu-based Bio-Linux 5. I promised to say something about the Evolution mail client, so here goes.

I use my e-mail client a lot, so I think it's worth setting it up to work just right and learning some of the more advanced features that can save time and annoyance. The default e-mail client on Bio-Linux is Evolution, but if you prefer Mozilla Thunderbird, or Mutt, or even NMH, then they can be installed...
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Aaaaaaaaand - Cut!

Posted 02-18-2009 at 10:03 AM by avarus (Tim's Bio-Linux tips)

A blog entry about the clipboard.

So, the clipboard. Exciting, eh? You probably use it all the time. Cut this, copy that, paste the other. Ideally, you should be able to copy text, images, or anything you like from any application and to drop them into the same
application or any other application. It avoids the need to mess around with saving a temporary file, and sometimes it's the only way to do the job.

The problem is, the clipboard in Linux doesn't...
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Some Firefox favourites

Posted 01-30-2009 at 07:43 AM by avarus (Tim's Bio-Linux tips)

The idea of this blog is primarily to give some helpful suggestions to anyone moving from Bio-Linux 4 to Bio-Linux 5, and one big change is the desktop environment (which has changed from KDE to Gnome). The new version looks and behaves a little differently, and for anyone who uses the system as their regular PC the small features can add up to make a more satisfying or a more frustrating experience depending on your personal taste.

I like to have my computer working just the way...
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First blog entry... about

Posted 01-27-2009 at 11:30 AM by avarus (Tim's Bio-Linux tips)


A first blog entry! As you'll see from my profile I've been on LQ for a good few years and have posted a few messages to the discussion forums - some more helpful than others - but no blog so far.

I'm proud to be part of a group that maintains Bio-Linux, an Ubuntu-based distribution that packs in over 500 freely-available bioinformatics programs, with documentation and sample data ready to run out of the box. The project has been going for several years,...
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