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You can run DICE Linux in a virtual machine on your own computer. This is called Virtual DICE. It uses VirtualBox, so it will run on a variety of computers. Any DICE user is welcome to use it.

What's Virtual DICE?

It's like DICE, except:

  • It runs in a virtual machine on your own computer, instead of on servers and desktop computer in Informatics buildings.
  • You can have root access.
  • When you install it, your Virtual DICE VM has less memory and disk space than a standard DICE computer. (You can change that in the VM's settings in VirtualBox.)
  • Less software is included, for legal and space reasons.
  • It stores your files locally in the virtual machine. On DICE, your files are in AFS, stored on network servers, which are backed up. But you can still use AFS from Virtual DICE.
  • In Virtual DICE your files are not backed up! You should copy them regularly to your AFS home directory.
  • DICE has regular software updates, but with Virtual DICE you control when or if software is updated.

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This is a collection of pages about Virtual DICE. Each of them has a Next page link at the bottom. If you follow that link you'll see the next page in the sequence, and by the last page you'll know all about Virtual DICE.

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There are several ⇒ Editions of Virtual DICE.

Last reviewed: 
18/11/2020

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