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Unix is an operating system commonly used in bioinformatics analysis and programming. Many tools used in bioinformatics work best when run in a Unix-based, command line environment.

This week, you'll learn how to log into a Unix system, navigate the file system, and analyze file contents using Unix commands.

Background and reference materials

The following links are resources Dr. Loraine has reviewed and thinks do a pretty good job of explaining the basics.

Web pages and other docs



To do the assignments, you'll need access to a machine running UNIX. If you do not have access to a computer running UNIX, log into a virtual machine at iPlant.