About the Book
If you are a student or a researcher in biological sciences and are new to Linux, this book will help you get started quickly.
The primary focus is in using graphical user interfaces (GUIs) to accomplish tasks, but methods using the command line interface are also discussed.
You will learn how to:
- Run Linux on your computer
- Use the desktop and included software
- Work with files and directories
- Search and install software
- Run some basic commands
- Run the Galaxy platform on your computer
Download virtual machine
If you do not have access to a Linux desktop, you can download a virtual machine image from the link below. This will help you run a virtual machine of Linux Mint 20.1 on your computer. All the included recipes has been tested using this distribution.
Download link (SourceForge): linuxmint-20.1.ova
Once downloaded, you can follow the "Running a Linux virtual machine" section in Chapter 2 of the book.
About the Author
Hello. I’m Vimal.
I got introduced to Linux and open source software while pursuing my Master’s degree in Biotechnology at Madurai Kamaraj University, India.
The idea of being able to use and modify software without restrictions was new and exciting to me. I learnt to install Linux, compile software from source code and even create my own Linux live CD!
This experience became valuable in academia, where I worked primarily in research support for a period of over 9 years. During this time, I had installed and managed servers, databases and websites, taught beginner level courses in programming and Bioinformatics, contributed in the development of scientific software and published software in repositories.
This book is a compilation of the experiences I had gained over time in my interactions with students, colleagues, and the users of our services.
Thank you for your interest in reading this book. I hope you will find it useful.