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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 Linux 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 comes with a tutorial document suitable for complete beginners to Linux, though some basic bioinformatics knowledge (eg. what is a read, assembly, feature, translation) is assumed.  The tutorial comprises a general introduction to the Linux system and a set of exercises exploring specific bioinformatics tools.  You can find the latest version of the tutorial via the Bio-Linux documentation icon on the desktop.  There is also a copy on-line at: Allow yourself around 2 days to work through this, depending on your previous experience. Other, taugh courses can be found on the Bio-Linux Training web page.
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.  Virtualised Bio-Linux will power the EOS Cloud, which is in development for launch in 2015.

Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
Environmental Omics EON
License - link to legal statement specifying the copyright status of the learning resource: 
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International - CC BY 4.0
Access Cost: 
No fee
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Biodiversity data
Data coding
Data handling
Data management
Genomics data
Organizing data
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Medicine and Health Sciences: Biomedical Science
Published / Broadcast: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
Environmental Omics EON
Media Type - designation of the form in which the content of the learning resource is represented, e.g., moving image: 
Text - an explanation of a concept or a story using human readable characters formed into words, usually distinguished from graphical images.
Contributor Organization(s): 
National Environmental Research Council (NERC)
Funding and sponsorship
Contact Organization(s): 
Environmental Omics EON
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Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management or data skills.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Unit - long-range plan of instruction on a particular concept containing multiple, related lessons.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Data manager
Data professional
Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
Mid-career research scientist
Research faculty
Research scientist
Software engineer
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 Day (but less than 1 week)