The Bioconductor team is considering deprecating the generation of Bioconductor release AMI's. The team itself has migrated away from using AMI's in favor of docker images for the common use cases of Bioconductor courses and workshops. We wanted community feedback if anyone is still using the provided Bioconductor release AMI's http://bioconductor.org/help/bioconductor-cloud-ami/#ami_ids and what your current use case is?
I've used the AMIs for teaching Bioconductor at my workplace.
It makes life much easier by ensuring everyone is on the same computing setup for a tutorial/workshop.
We also already have an Amazon billing account, so that's convenient.
I'm not wedded to the AMIs specifically but I would advocate for having a similarly easy setup for people to run their own Bioconductor-based workshops outside of the auspices of the BioC/BioC Asia/BioC Europe conferences.
I assume that's achievable with the Docker images.
Having some supporting documentation on ways to spin up Docker-based instances using Amazon/Google/other common cloud providers would be welcomed.