Thank you for coming to attend the 2016 RSE Conference.
Bring a Laptop
If you are attending one of the practical workshops (A1-A4, B1-B4 or C1-C4, attendance list here), then you will need to bring your own laptop. This laptop must;
- run Windows, Linux or OS X,
- have at least 2 GB of RAM,
- have a spare USB port,
- and have at least 25 GB of free disk space
The workshops will run inside a custom Fedora Linux Virtual Machine Image within VirtualBox. This will be supplied to you at Manchester on a USB drive. Please make sure that you install this image before starting the first workshop (instructions below on how to do this). Feel free to ask any member of the conference committee, or the conference volunteers over lunch on Thursday, if you need any help.
If you want to install the Virtual Machine Image before coming to Manchester, you can download it from here. Beware, as it is pretty big (13 GB) and may take a long time to download. If you are interested, the full contents of the USB drive are available here.
Installing the VirtualBox Virtual Machine Image
On the USB drive you will find a file called
UKRSE-Fedora.ova. To install the image, start VirtualBox, and then select
File | Import Appliance. Use the file dialog to choose the
UKRSE-Fedora.ova file from the USB drive.
Click “Continue” to select this file. Next, click
Import to import the image. This will take some time, and will take up 25 GB on your disk.
Once the image has imported, you can start the virtual machine by clicking on the
UKRSE-Fedora button that will appear on the left of the display. This will boot into a Fedora Linux desktop.
To log in, click on the username
livetau and type in the password
livetau (both the username and password are
This will log you into the Fedora desktop. Click on the
Activities button on the top left to find the icons to start a web browser (Firefox), a terminal or a web browser. All of the workshop material is in the directory