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Lin4Neuro: a customized Linux distribution ready for neuroimaging analysis.

Nemoto K, Dan I, Rorden C, Ohnishi T, Tsuzuki D, Okamoto M, Yamashita F, Asada T - BMC Med Imaging (2011)

Bottom Line: The processing speed of USB-booted Lin4Neuro was as fast as that of the package installed on the hard disk drive.Lin4Neuro can be a good primer for beginners of neuroimaging analysis or students who are interested in neuroimaging analysis.It also provides a practical means of sharing analysis environments across sites.

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Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. kiyotaka@nemotos.net

ABSTRACT

Background: A variety of neuroimaging software packages have been released from various laboratories worldwide, and many researchers use these packages in combination. Though most of these software packages are freely available, some people find them difficult to install and configure because they are mostly based on UNIX-like operating systems. We developed a live USB-bootable Linux package named "Lin4Neuro." This system includes popular neuroimaging analysis tools. The user interface is customized so that even Windows users can use it intuitively.

Results: The boot time of this system was only around 40 seconds. We performed a benchmark test of inhomogeneity correction on 10 subjects of three-dimensional T1-weighted MRI scans. The processing speed of USB-booted Lin4Neuro was as fast as that of the package installed on the hard disk drive. We also installed Lin4Neuro on a virtualization software package that emulates the Linux environment on a Windows-based operation system. Although the processing speed was slower than that under other conditions, it remained comparable.

Conclusions: With Lin4Neuro in one's hand, one can access neuroimaging software packages easily, and immediately focus on analyzing data. Lin4Neuro can be a good primer for beginners of neuroimaging analysis or students who are interested in neuroimaging analysis. It also provides a practical means of sharing analysis environments across sites.

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Screenshot of Lin4Neuro. User interface of Lin4Neuro was customized so that even Windows users can use this system intuitively. Shortcuts for tutorials and the manual are provided on the desktop, so users can reach the necessary resources easily with a few clicks.
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Figure 1: Screenshot of Lin4Neuro. User interface of Lin4Neuro was customized so that even Windows users can use this system intuitively. Shortcuts for tutorials and the manual are provided on the desktop, so users can reach the necessary resources easily with a few clicks.

Mentions: Then, we customized the desktop interface to have a Windows-like appearance so that typical Windows users could easily familiarize themselves with the Linux environment (Figure 1). Following the customization, we made a distributable copy using Remastersys [29]. Finally, live USB flash drives were made using the disk creator utility in Ubuntu.


Lin4Neuro: a customized Linux distribution ready for neuroimaging analysis.

Nemoto K, Dan I, Rorden C, Ohnishi T, Tsuzuki D, Okamoto M, Yamashita F, Asada T - BMC Med Imaging (2011)

Screenshot of Lin4Neuro. User interface of Lin4Neuro was customized so that even Windows users can use this system intuitively. Shortcuts for tutorials and the manual are provided on the desktop, so users can reach the necessary resources easily with a few clicks.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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Figure 1: Screenshot of Lin4Neuro. User interface of Lin4Neuro was customized so that even Windows users can use this system intuitively. Shortcuts for tutorials and the manual are provided on the desktop, so users can reach the necessary resources easily with a few clicks.
Mentions: Then, we customized the desktop interface to have a Windows-like appearance so that typical Windows users could easily familiarize themselves with the Linux environment (Figure 1). Following the customization, we made a distributable copy using Remastersys [29]. Finally, live USB flash drives were made using the disk creator utility in Ubuntu.

Bottom Line: The processing speed of USB-booted Lin4Neuro was as fast as that of the package installed on the hard disk drive.Lin4Neuro can be a good primer for beginners of neuroimaging analysis or students who are interested in neuroimaging analysis.It also provides a practical means of sharing analysis environments across sites.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. kiyotaka@nemotos.net

ABSTRACT

Background: A variety of neuroimaging software packages have been released from various laboratories worldwide, and many researchers use these packages in combination. Though most of these software packages are freely available, some people find them difficult to install and configure because they are mostly based on UNIX-like operating systems. We developed a live USB-bootable Linux package named "Lin4Neuro." This system includes popular neuroimaging analysis tools. The user interface is customized so that even Windows users can use it intuitively.

Results: The boot time of this system was only around 40 seconds. We performed a benchmark test of inhomogeneity correction on 10 subjects of three-dimensional T1-weighted MRI scans. The processing speed of USB-booted Lin4Neuro was as fast as that of the package installed on the hard disk drive. We also installed Lin4Neuro on a virtualization software package that emulates the Linux environment on a Windows-based operation system. Although the processing speed was slower than that under other conditions, it remained comparable.

Conclusions: With Lin4Neuro in one's hand, one can access neuroimaging software packages easily, and immediately focus on analyzing data. Lin4Neuro can be a good primer for beginners of neuroimaging analysis or students who are interested in neuroimaging analysis. It also provides a practical means of sharing analysis environments across sites.

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Related in: MedlinePlus