4273π is a freely available, customized distribution of Raspbian GNU/Linux for the Raspberry Pi computer. 4273π is for those wishing to teach, learn or use bioinformatics on the Raspberry Pi. 4273π includes 4273π  Bioinformatics for Biologists, an Open Access bioinformatics course in modular form. For further details, see the 4273π Bioinformatics for Biologists handbook.

4273π is distributed as a compressed file, including a 32 GB SD card image for the Raspberry Pi.

The current version is 4273π version 1.4, released on 10 March 2016. This should run on any model of Raspberry Pi 1, Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3 Model A, Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi Zero. (4273π will not yet run on the Raspberry Pi 3 A+ or Raspberry Pi 3 B+.)

The 4273π project

We have wide interests in bioinformatics education, computational science, open educational resources, public engagement and democratization of science.

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  • Twitter: @4273pi
  • Email: 4273_pi@ed.ac.uk
  • Postal address: Dr Stevie A Bain and/or Dr Daniel Barker, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, Charlotte Auerbach Road, The Kings Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3FL, United Kingdom.