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    Bio-Linux 8.0.8
    Submitted by Tony Travis; posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2017


    Release notes:

    The Bio-Linux 8.0.8 point release contains an updated Linux kernel to improve support for modern WiFi chipsets in particular and all the packages have been updated. This release is mainly intended to improve the use of Bio-Linux on a USB-stick or DVD. However, the 8.0.8 release also has "mdadm" pre-installed to make installation and rescue of Bio-Linux instances on "md" RAID simpler.

    PLEASE NOTE: Bio-Linux 8.0.7 instances installed to hard disk do NOT need to be updated using the Bio-Linux 8.0.8 point release. Bio-Linux is normally configured for unattended upgrades of core packages and will be upgraded automatically in situ. A manual update will be necessary to upgrade ALL packages installed:

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt full-upgrade


    The Bio-Linux 8.0.8 point release was created using Tim Booth's "build-bio-linux" scripts updated and modified by Will McCaffery and Tony Travis:
    Bio-Linux mailing list moving back to
    Submitted by Tim Booth; posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015

    In preparation for the next phase of the Bio-Linux project, the mailing lists will be hosted on once again.

    Please join "bio-linux-list" to discuss all aspects of installing or using the system, or join the developers discussion at "bio-linux-devel".

    Post by Tim Booth on 10th Dec 2015
    Bio-Linux Live DVD released
    Submitted by Daniel Swan; posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2005


    NEBC (NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre, Oxford UK) have released Bio-Linux Live - a complete Bio-Linux release on DVD based on Knoppix.

    Bio-Linux Live is a great solution for working at home or anywhere you don't have access to bioinformatics applications like those on a Bio-Linux machine. It emulates the look and feel of working on a full Bio-Linux system without requiring installation.

    For full details and to download the ISO please visit:
    Bio-Linux 4.0 released
    Submitted by Daniel Swan; posted on Tuesday, January 04, 2005 (2 comments)


    Bio-Linux 4.0 is released!

    After intensive testing Bio-Linux 4.0 is released. If you are interested in a Debian based bioinformatics workstation contact the EGTDC for an installtion of Bio-Linux! You can contact the EGTDC helpdesk at helpdesk[at]
    Bio-Linux 4.0 in development
    Submitted by Daniel Swan; posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004


    Bio-Linux 4 is currently in development with a December release date. It is based on Debian 3.1 and KDE3.3/Gnome2.8 with a kernel. All the bioinformatics software has been installed as Debian packages and we will release an apt repository after the system has been released for the packages on the system.
    Bio-Linux on
    Submitted by Daniel Swan; posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 (1 comment)


    The Bio-Linux files hosted on are for researchers external to the NERC Environmental Genomics Thematic Programme who wish to install the system.

    If you are looking for background information on Bio-Linux, this is available from the EG Data Centre website :
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