Are you teaching bioinformatics at universities and found it complicated by typical computer classroom settings. As well as running software locally and online, students should gain experience of systems administration. Hmm don't worry there is one new OS for the rescue. 4273π, an operating system image for Raspberry Pi based on Raspbian Linux. It provides an attractive, general-purpose computing environment, within which the course 4273π Bioinformatics for Biologists is embedded.
Though far slower than current desktop and laptop computers, the Raspberry Pi is notably faster than the Cray 1 supercomputer, a marvel of computer speed in its day. The Raspberry Pi approach includes all the benefits of the laptop approach, above, but at lower cost. In addition, the Raspberry Pi is a new and exciting computer system, which in itself can add interest to the course.
As the Raspbian operating system, Raspberry Pi firmware and hardware and 4273π Bioinformatics for Biologists teaching material develop, further releases of 4273π will be made available. It is anticipated that there will be a minimum of two releases per year during the next four years.
4273π is a means to teach bioinformatics, including systems administration tasks, to undergraduates at low cost.
Descriptive paper @ http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/14/243
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