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Preparing for the workshop

Preparing for the workshop

 We have put together a few things that we would like everyone to do before the start of the workshop. Please do your best to come prepared so we can get straight into learning new skills so you get the most out of the experience.

Program Downloads and Setup:

For attendees that will be using a Windows PC, please go to the Links for programs required for PC Users where you will find an installation guide to download some of the programs you will need to log into the server. Please have these programs installed before the first day of class.

For all attendees, we will be using the X2Go Client for visualizing our read mapping data in IGV.  Please go to the X2Go Client Download Instructions and follow the links to directions for either PC or Mac users. Please have the client downloaded before the first day of class, we will perform a test run with everyone to log in and start IGV on the first day.

For accessing the compute cluster from off the CU-Boulder campus you will need to install and set up the CU-Boulder VPN. Please follow the links for directions from OIT: Windows Users, Mac Users, Other 


Linux Skills

We highly recommend all attendees go to Code Academy and take their free online course, Learn the Command Line. This course will teach you some of the basic Linux skills you will be using throughout this workshop and does not require a terminal or other programs (it uses an online simulator). The most common problem people run into in this workshop is learning to use the command line, this will give you a head start! (Note you will have to sign up for a free account)


Logging into your account the first time

The BIoFrontiers IT group will be holding office hours on Monday, June 6 from 9am-11am in JSCBB room B231. If you cannot log in to your account on Vieques, please stop by during this time before the first day of class. If you cannot make it to the office hours you can submit a ticket to  We will have some time in class the first day to work with people as necessary but please remember it is a large class and we cannot get to everyone. Please note that CU-Boulder attendees with existing Vieques accounts, we will be working in a different home directory, please stop by the office hours if you can to see if everything is set up correctly.

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