Topic outline

  • General

    First Steps with UNIX in Life Sciences

    Lausanne, 9 May 2017

    University of Lausanne, Genopode building, room 2020

    This page is addressed to registered participants. To access course description and application form, please click here.

    For any assistance, please contact

  • Schedule

    Morning session (9:00 - 12:30)

    What is UNIX and why should biologists use it?

    UNIX filesystem

    Processes & Jobs

    Coffee break

    Working with directories and files


    Afternoon session (13:45 - 17:00 / 17:30)

    Working with file content

    Coffee break

    Working with file content (continued)

    Optional exam

  • Virtual machine and course material

    Before the beginning of the course, you will need to have an emulation of a linux Operating System (virtual machine) on your computer to be able to work during the practicals.

    To this end, you first need to have virtualbox installed on your computer. Please download and install the (latest) version 5.1.22 of VirtualBox according to your operating system (Windows or Mac, no need for Unix/Linux machines). If there is some incompatibility, you can download version 5.0.20, which has been used several times previously.

    Then download the virtual image (.ova) here or below and import it into virtualbox (it might take few minutes). Then start the virtual image to check it works on your computer (username: user , password: sibuser). Some more info into the Virtual Machine installation guide below.

    Please also note that you need a computer with minimum of 4 GB memory. The virtual machine itself requires 2 GB memory. And at least 10 GB free space on your hard disk.

    If at the end of the procedure, you are still not able to run the virtual machine, please contact us sufficiently in advance at as no technical problem with the virtual machine will be handled during the course.

    Please also follow the different steps explained in the Data to download guide to download the files (see Word document below), which will be used during the practicals.

    The course slides will be available to download before the course.