Dear Galaxy Developers,

We work in Professor Dawn Field's group (Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics 
Research Group) at the NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre (NEBC) of the 
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) Research Institute based in Oxford.

We develop and distribute Bio-Linux (, 
which is a customised Ubuntu distribution that comes with 500+ bioinformatics 
packages. Within our research group we also provide bioinformatics analysis for 
NERC-funded researchers, and recently started looking into Galaxy as well. It 
didn't take us long to discover its power and we would like to enable Bio-Linux 
users to install, run and maintain the Galaxy server with minimal effort, also 
with the aim to spread the word on Galaxy in Europe! 

Recently we took on a project with Dr. Casey Bergman from University of 
Manchester as the Principal Investigator, to package all the necessary Galaxy 
dependencies for Ubuntu/Bio-Linux. As many pre-requisities are already included 
with Bio-Linux, we are already some way down this path. New packages that we 
create will appear in a Launchpad PPA 

We will be happy to hear any comments regarding these efforts and we hope that 
this will be a useful resource for all Galaxy users. Once the initial packaging 
is done, we hope to collaborate with Galaxy team in maintaining and improving 
this resource.

Best wishes,
Tim, Soon and Mesude

Dr. Mesude Bicak <>
Bioinformatician & Bio-Linux Developer

NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility (NBAF) <>
NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre (NEBC) <>

Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics Group
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology <>
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