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Software on Virtual DICE

The software that's included in Virtual DICE is only a subset of the software on normal DICE computers. Some DICE software is too big to fit. Other software is excluded for legal reasons, or because it doesn't make sense to run it in a virtual machine. Google Chrome, Maple, Matlab and Webots are all excluded - but you can run them on a normal DICE computer in the AT student labs.

Software updates

If you're already using the latest Virtual DICE, here's how to keep it up to date with the software we recommend.

Note that this will only work when your host computer is on the Informatics network - meaning that it must be either using the Informatics ⇒ OpenVPN service, or connected by a network cable to an Informatics network port.

sudo om client run

Wait a few seconds, then:

sudo om file configure
sudo om apt run -- -t

The last of these commands does a dry run of the software update. (Watch out: the first time you run this, it could easily take 20 to 30 minutes before giving you any output. Be patient! Subsequent runs may take only a few seconds.) If the software changes look OK to you, go ahead and do them for real by typing:

sudo om apt run

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Last reviewed: 
16/11/2021

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