Tag: Linux

ZFS compression saves disk space

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The joys of ZFS: transparent compression

One of the great things of ZFS is its built-in compression capability. Enabling compression on a ZFS filesystem allows you to save a significant amount of space, especially in a field like ours where one sometimes needs to use large plain text files. It is completely transparent: the user doesn’t notice anything. Well… unless they […]

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Linux commandline

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Case study: The “Linux for scientists” course

Basic Linux command line skills are essential for researchers working in omics science and other fields revolving around big data. In collaboration with the Genetic Epidemiology group of the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, NL, we developed a course called “Linux for scientists” which has been running since 2011. Linux command line skills are […]

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