BioSlax 2-in-1


The training workshop will be demonstrating a unified bioinformatics platform using the BioSlax LiveCD distribution built by National University of Singapore, Bioinformatics Centre (Resources) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet). This system can be used as a server or as a client, or both.

Setting up as a Bioinformatics Resource Server

  1. Download BioSlax from NUS BIC customised for this workshop
  2. Burn iso into a CD.
  3. Insert BioSlax LiveCD into CDROM drive.
  4. Boot up Intel PC with the LiveCD connected to a network, preferably a high-RAM PC, with VFAT-formatted harddisks (NTFS may cause some problems) (Press F12 or Esc to set it to boot from the CDROM Drive first priority).
  5. After a few minutes, your PC will become a full-fledged Linux bioinformatics server providing bioinformatics web services at port 80, ssh login at port 22, mysql server with Webmin access at port 10000, etc.

To make your Bioinformatics Resource Server run faster

  1. Detect which drive is conveniently available and what is its device (e.g. hda1, sda1, etc) on the BioSlax Desktop.
  2. Reboot the computer into the PC's original Windows.
  3. Copy the whole CDROM Drive directory into the C: or D: drive etc. in a separte folder.

    To replicate your CDROM

    1. To replicate your Live CDROM, you can make an extra copy yourself, by using a CDROM Drive which is a CDROM burner.
    2. Boot up into Windows.
    3. Download from the Internet the software "CD2ISO".
    4. Install this software by unzip'ing and doubleclicking on the cd2iso.exe
    5. Run cd2iso.exe to rip the Live CDROM as an iso file. Call the file bioslax.iso
    6. Save the file into a directory, say C:/bioslax.iso.
    7. You can use this iso file to burn new Live CDROMs.
    8. Tip: next time you boot up your BioSlax, you can actually trigger it to read from the iso CDROM.
    9. You can use this iso file to burn new Live CDROMs.
    10. Tip: next time you boot up your BioSlax, you can actually trigger it to read from the iso CDROM Boot up into Windows.
    11. Tip: Thus installed above, next time you boot up your BioSlax, you can get your computer to read from the iso, say C:/bioslax.iso by using the command line during boot up session, and enter the following cheat-code.
       linux from=bioslax2.iso
      
      Thus stated, the PC will hunt down the root directories containing bioslax2.iso, for example, C:/bioslax2.iso and start reading from the harddisk far quicker than it runs on Laptop folders.
      It will read as fast as if you did the previous procedure.

    Name for server


    Troubleshooting

    Remote access to server

    If ps -ef or netstat -a doesn't show sshd running, try doing "/etc/rc.d/rc.sshd start" to start the server.


    What doesn't work