[BioBrew Users] Biobrew vs Biolinux vs Rocks

Glen Otero gotero at linuxprophet.com
Fri Jan 30 00:15:56 EST 2004

On Jan 28, 2004, at 2:55 PM, J.W. Bizzaro wrote:

> Hi Chris.
> I personally can't address your Rocks question, but I can say some more
> about collaboration between BioBrew and Bio-Linux.
> Believe it or not, it's only been a couple weeks since those involved 
> with
> BioBrew (including myself) discovered the Bio-Linux project, and vice
> versa, even though I have known Dan for years.  Corresponding with Dan
> about the projects, it seems that we will probably remain complementary
> vis-a-vis our target audiences (BioBrew for clusters/servers, Bio-Linux
> for workstations) but collaborate on using the same bioinformatic 
> tools.
> In fact, we (at Bioinformatics.Org) plan to make use of our repository
> (149 projects hosted + archiving to come) in building a collection of 
> RPMs
> that both BioBrew and Bio-Linux can use.

I, for one, would like to incorporate all of the SRPMs from Bio-Linux 
and BioBrew into the fetal Biopackage repository project at 
bioinformatics.org. Comments?


> Cheers.
> Jeff
> Chris wrote:
>> Would it be opening up a can of worms to revisit the discussions from
>> last August relating biobrew to rocks?  They seem to be going the way
>> you wanted with your neurobiomathphygeobrew idea ... a base rock 
>> install
>> and then various rolls.  Have you given any thought to creating a 
>> Rocks
>> BioRoll in addition to/instead of biobrew?
>> Does it make sense for you and Dan to discuss options that biolinux 
>> has
>> chosen and allow those as options on a FE install?
>> I'm just asking because I see all three projects as being very 
>> valuable
>> to the research community and would love it if everyone played 
>> together
>> in a fashion that allowed us to easily benefit from _all_ of your hard
>> work -- instead of just some of it as might be the case if we don't 
>> have
>> the expertise/time to sort and merge ourselves.
>> Of course I can completely understand that if building a whole distro 
>> is
>> more interesting to you than just a chunk I would rather there were 
>> too
>> many choices than too few.
>> Oh yeah, and thanks to Dan and Glen
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Glen Otero, Ph.D.
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