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    For a distribution I'd suggest Ubuntu (Server). I'm sure some would disagree but I've found the documentation to be good quality.

    Python as cgi is not difficult and setting up Apache to service user areas is pretty straightforward. I do have a LAMPS server set up for students to develop websites and IT staff seem to cope well with that. I'd say it would be easier than X, it's just constrained in a different way.

    I was thinking that might save installing an X server on the laptops but there are browser based X-Servers, which might be interesting or something like http://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/ (unfortunately while there is a free for personal use version, I think you would need some licences).
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    Thank you pcstru, I will need to find out how to do it :-)

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    To let you all know, I have stumbled on this website www.koding.com

    It offers online VMs running Ubuntu with root access all in a collaborative environment. I emailed them about the private workspace the have on their website and the emailed back within 3 hours asking for the amount of students who will be using and will have a test environment available for our school for the 1st Feb. They are really good at responding on twitter too.

    Just thought it may be useful for is all, but will not stop me looking at other scenarios we have already discussed here.

    No mention of costs yet, but I doubt it will be as much as a VDI infrastructure if the offer the public open one freely for people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Using virtualbox here too, You can map drives within the program so they appear as a virtual drive even without network access enabled, so for us we have the users home area a folder called Python within it, mapped to a drive on the VM.

    Installed ubunutu with python etc, and that's set it to immutable etc, so it resets every time it's used.

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    @BKGarry - this is pretty much how I do it! Virtual box has an additions client which you install in your vm, much like you do for hyperv and virtual pc - where it is called integration services. The vm im using is based on the SLAX live CD, where there is info on running it from a usb so that you can make changes and save them. once you have this, there is a make_iso option in it...bosh job done!

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    @TheScarfedOne thank you so much for your help. Now enjoy your Friday night :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKGarry View Post
    @TheScarfedOne thank you so much for your help. Now enjoy your Friday night :-)
    Depending what you are needing - as Slax is freeware, I could try and put our iso and config file up on my blog for you. I am writing a post about it, so if it would help, let me know

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    I will have to read your blog later. Anything to add to the collection of knowledge for this

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