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Get Bio-Linux packages on Ubuntu 14.04

In case you don’t know about bio-linux,it’s a Linux distro based on Ubuntu with around 250 of bioinformatics packages included. You can download iso file to install or also able to get software packages through ppa.

The small problem is that the guideline to install packages for pre-existing is outdated (only for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS).

After checking the ppa channel at launchpad, I found out you can install to your trusty system with slight changes as the following:

  • Step 1: Add the following three source to /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://nebc.nerc.ac.uk/bio-linux/ unstable bio-linux
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/nebc/bio-linux/ubuntu trusty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/nebc/bio-linux/ubuntu trusty main
  • step 2: Get the key ring
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bio-linux-keyring
  • step 3: Install any packages through synaptic packages managers OR
$ sudo dpkg -i bio-linux-<packagename>
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