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#1 drlacus


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:21

Hi there!

I grew up in the Windows world and followed each new versions time to time, but the time has come, when I cannot turn my head away from the Linux world.

Recently, I began working with a software that is used in neuroscience, but it is only available for Linux and Mac OS X. I have access to a 2x6 core Mac Pro at the university, which can do most of the hard work, but I have to create some target masks in a program called FSLview. Although this work is time consuming, it does not require to much computing power.

I tried to install the whole software package on Centos 6, which is fairly similar to Redhat enterprise, but it failed. I tried this on Fedora also, but the python script refused to work as it is not Centos or Redhat.

My last resort is to use the package in Ubuntu. The neurodebian team has created native packages for Debian/Ubuntu, but I am a beginner in this environment and I need your help.

The official website of the project can be found here: http://neuro.debian.net/index.html
The exact software I need to install on Ubuntu 12.10 can be found here: http://neuro.debian....tml#pkg-fslview

I would like to thank you for your help in advance!

#2 n_K


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:27

Download the required .deb package and (from a terminal):
sudo dpkg -i <name of .deb>

#3 Karl L.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 18:47

While what n_K is correct (that you can download the package and install it directly using dpkg), that is probably not the best way to do it. If the package has dependencies that are not already installed on your system, dpkg will not be able to resolve them and the package will fail to install. I recommend using GDebi or Software Center (which is associated with .deb files in Ubuntu by default) to install the package because they will be able to resolve dependencies from the repository.

That said, if you plan on using this software regularly it is probably a good idea to install the repository rather than just downloading the package and keeping it up-to-date manually. There are instructions for adding the repository on the project website. Essentially, you probably want to do the following to install fslview on Ubuntu 12.10 and receive updates when they are available:

wget -O- http://neuro.debian.net/lists/quantal.us-nh | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/neurodebian.sources.list
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver pgp.mit.edu 2649A5A9
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fslview fslview-doc

#4 OP drlacus


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 19:46

Thank you very much guys!!!
I was able to install the program and it works great! You saved my life!