Re: [AMBER-Developers] Amber on Live-CD?

From: Jason Swails <>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:40:17 -0500

On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM, Gustavo Seabra <>wrote:

> Hi everybody,
> I am planning a class on molecular dynamics applications, and was
> thinking on having an Amber installation on a Linux Live-CD, so that
> it could be installed on the computers to be used by the student
> during the class, and making sure all students have exactly the same
> environment.
> Notice the students will not take the CDs home with them... It's just
> to easily prepare a computer on a lab for the class. A kind of a
> portable Amber Workshop, if you will.
> So, I was wondering:
> 1. Is there any legal / licencing issues I should be aware of?
> 2. Any ideas on what Linux distribution would be better suited for this CD?
> 3. Has anyone done anything like that before and would be willing to
> share the experience?

As Adrian mentioned, I put one together for the workshop in Barcelona.
 It's literally just an ISO of a LiveCD Linux Distro that has all of Amber
pre-installed built on Ubuntu.

You can burn it to a CD or load it to a USB drive and it should work fine
(it has both the serial and parallel builds built). It also has the source
code ripped out for the paid parts so there shouldn't be any licensing
issues on Amber's end that I know of (Dave may want to chime in here). The
only issue is that I've named it "AMbuntu", which I think I have to ask
Ubuntu permission to do, legally. They shouldn't have a problem with it, I
don't think. (It also has the ability to install Ubuntu ripped out as
well, so it can't be used to install on a computer -- live boot only).

It does have the Barcelona website loaded for it, which could easily be
changed (I think I modified one quickly for the Shanghai workshop that Ross
and Andy put on). The ISO is on one of Ross's servers, and I have a copy
locally as well, which we're more than willing to share.

All the best,

> Thanks a lot,
> Gustavo Seabra
> Professor Adjunto
> Departamento de Química Fundamental
> Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
> Fone: +55-81-2126-7417
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Jason M. Swails
Quantum Theory Project,
University of Florida
Ph.D. Candidate
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