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Open Access Technical Note

LXtoo: an integrated live Linux distribution for the bioinformatics community

Guangchuang Yu1, Li-Gen Wang23, Xiao-Hua Meng3 and Qing-Yu He1*

Author Affiliations

1 Institute of Life and Health Engineering and Key Laboratory of Functional Protein Research of Guangdong Higher Education Institutes, Jinan University, Guangzhou, 510632, China

2 Guangdong Information Center, Guangzhou, 510632, China

3 College of Information Science and Technology, Jinan University, Guangzhou, 510632, China

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BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:360  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-360

Published: 19 July 2012

Abstract

Background

Recent advances in high-throughput technologies dramatically increase biological data generation. However, many research groups lack computing facilities and specialists. This is an obstacle that remains to be addressed. Here, we present a Linux distribution, LXtoo, to provide a flexible computing platform for bioinformatics analysis.

Findings

Unlike most of the existing live Linux distributions for bioinformatics limiting their usage to sequence analysis and protein structure prediction, LXtoo incorporates a comprehensive collection of bioinformatics software, including data mining tools for microarray and proteomics, protein-protein interaction analysis, and computationally complex tasks like molecular dynamics. Moreover, most of the programs have been configured and optimized for high performance computing.

Conclusions

LXtoo aims to provide well-supported computing environment tailored for bioinformatics research, reducing duplication of efforts in building computing infrastructure. LXtoo is distributed as a Live DVD and freely available at http://bioinformatics.jnu.edu.cn/LXtoo webcite.

Keywords:
Bioinformatics; Software; Linux; Operating system