Dear Consortium Members and Affiliates,
It's our first newsletter of 2020, and as we prepare to make the leap into February, with one extra day of work this leap year, we have news for you, with our latest webinar posted online and the start of our 2020 lineup, an SBGrid member tale focused on Guy Schoehn at IBS Grenoble, technology updates galore, as we prepare to test a new software installer and dodge the latest curve balls Apple has thrown. We've got 11 software updates, 2 new titles, 3 new SBGrid members, and 3 member publication highlights. Onward.
In our Tuesday webinar we got a primer on VMD from John Stone and Abhishek Singharoy, which you can now watch on the SBGrid YouTube channel. We've got speakers lined up through May, so be sure to mark you calendars, and as always, let us know if you'd like to hear more from a particular developer:
- February 11: Schrodinger Intro to Structure-Based Drug Design with Jennifer Chambers
- March 3: Cinderella with Thorsten Wagner
- April 7: Phenix/DivCon with Lance Westerhoff,
- May 5: XDS with Kay Diederichs
For our January SBGrid Member Tale, we heard from Guy Schoehn who believes in the power of yes to get science done. Schoehn began his work using cryoEM in the mid-1990s and now heads the Methods and Electron Microscopy group at Institut de Biologie Structurale in Grenoble, France where he oversees three teams, manages the technical platform, lends his EM expertise in collaborations with over a dozen different groups, and dabbles in a bit of EM art. [Read the full story].
We have lots of technology updates for you this month, with some significant reworking of things thanks to Mac Catalina, the new version of CentOS testing underway, and a spiffy new version of our installation client for beta testing:
|•||Beta testers needed for new SBGrid command-line installation client. We're looking for a few good beta testers for the next version of our command-line installation client on Linux and MacOS. If you're interested, drop us a line at email@example.com.|
|•||CentOS 8 support coming soon. We've had a few users itching to upgrade to CentOS 8, and most packages will probably work as expected, but there are a few known issues we need to address. We plan to make CentOS 8 support official on March 1, and your feedback is helpful, so please let us know if you are using CentOS 8 or plan to update in the near future. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|•||/programs is moving to /opt/sbgrid. To support new releases of MacOS and better support Linux environments where additions to / are problematic, the root of SBGrid's software collection is moving. Its new home: /opt/sbgrid. There’s nothing for you to do now, but we’ll soon have a symlink from /opt/sbgrid to the current installation directory and eventually the old /programs path will be unnecessary. This task is a big one that we hope to complete by spring. More info next time around.|
|•||MacOS 10.15 workaround. Apple’s update to 10.15 Catalina introduced major changes to MacOS, including dropping support for 32-bit applications and a read-only filesystem root that makes adding /programs impossible. We recommend delaying an upgrade to Catalina if possible, but for those who already have Catalina, we do have a temporary solution and 64-bit software works as expected. For more information on|
Our latest software push includes updates to autoPROC, BLAST+, Bsoft, BUSTER, CCP-NMR, ChimeraX, crYOLO, ISOLDE, Phenix/DivCon, R, SIMPLE, along with two new titles: 3DFSC and Anvi'o. See Software Changes below for complete details.
January brought us three new SBGrid members, Frédéric Allain from ETH Zurich, and two new labs at Vanderbilt University: William Wan and Qiangjun Zhou. Welcome to our newest members!