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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.
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First blog entry... about

Posted 01-27-2009 at 11:30 AM by avarus


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, and late last year we released Bio-Linux version 5.

So, whichever way you look at it, this first post is a blatant plug:
  • If you came here from, and are interested in molecular biology, please check out Bio-Linux. You can download an ISO direct from here or find individual packages for your Ubuntu/Debian system here.
  • If you came here as a Bio-Linux user, my first tip to you is to check out the rest of This site has a fantastic community and a wealth of resources for everyone from novice to guru. You might even find you can help out other users in the forums.
  • And in either case, keep an eye on this blog over the next few weeks. I'll be adding some of my personal tips for getting the most out of Bio-Linux and the Linux/UNIX environment in general.

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