By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangalore : You get Bio-Linux at http://environmentalomics.org/bio-linux/.Tim Booth has announced the release of latest and updated Bio-Linux 8.0.2, an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with a collection of specialist software designed for use in bioinformatics: "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 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." Visit the project's home page to read the full release announcement. Download: bio-linux-8.0.2.iso (3,346MB, MD5, pkglist).
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.
NEBC works to enable environmental research in the molecular age. Technology is revolutionising the way environmental science is conducted. From remote sensing devices to high-throughput molecular technologies, we are witnessing an unprecedented explosion of data. Data that may provide solutions to some of this century's most pressing environmental challenges. Within the NEBC we are continuing to develop various approaches to provide new discovery, interoperability and integration opportunities for environmental scientists, including the development of tools, databases, standard and ontologies. The NEBC collects and stores environmental 'omics data from researchers in accordance with the NERC Data Policy. The NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre was established in 2002 to provide bioinformatics, data management and computing supporting to the NERC research community using 'omics technologies. NEBC now collaborates with and supports environmental scientists generating and using a range of molecular data types in their environmental research. NERC is serious about compliance with international standards, and therefore NEBC has put considerable effort into aiding researchers with compliance issues. For example, they help fast-track standards-compliant data into repositories such as EMBL and ArrayExpress. As a result of this mandate, and community's experiences, NEBC bioinformaticians have become increasingly involved in the international Standards and Ontologies communities.