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    Hi all,

    In terms of infrastructure and the necessity to teach Python. What have you had or planning to implement for a full class?

    Have you sand boxed pc's on the network, used Rasberry Pi's or come up with another solution???

    Your help would be greatly received.

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    We use oracle virtual box and sandbox the lot. We use rm cc4 and they have a made it very easy to deploy a secured virtual machine accross the network.

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    Virtualbox as heavily described in other threads. The virtual machine is 100% unrestricted, with no network access but a link to the student's home drive. Python (and lots of other languages) installed via Netbeans IDE within.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Virtualbox as heavily described in other threads. The virtual machine is 100% unrestricted, with no network access but a link to the student's home drive. Python (and lots of other languages) installed via Netbeans IDE within.
    Any instructions on how to set this up? If you have any links you could post that you have used to set up would be appreciated.

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    Don't kow if this is of any help but we are using this here.

    Online Python Tutor - Learn programming by visualizing code execution

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    another on-line one

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    I feel an Easter break project coming my way!!

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    Out of interest, why do you feel necessary to sandbox the Python environment?

    I guess it makes it a little easier since you can allow access to the terminal without any real risks but aside from that any code the kids execute will still be restricted by the permissions of the user hence the risk is fairly minimal. Since we will be using Python here in 18 months I'm curious.

    As it stands I would probably just install Idle on the machines and give it a test period, see how things go...

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    Why not. My whole brief on this for Virtualbox was to give them as full a normal environment as possible, control panel, command prompts, full system configuration; if they therefore wish to use those in their designs they then have the full means to do so. They won't be so locked out in industry should that take up Comp Sci (ugh) so we feel it's best they have proper exposure now.

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    Can't argue with that! I'm now mulling over VirtualBox with something like Fedora+KDE installed...

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    I started off with a Virtualbox VM on each machine, but it felt pretty clunky and slow, to be honest. They're now using PyScripter as a RemoteApp from a 2012R2 server that has it's firewall set to block python and pyscripter and so far it seems to be working well!

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