Author Archives: Chris Cooke

About Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke is a Computing Officer in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He works in the Managed Platforms Unit and rides a very large bicycle.

KeePassX password manager

If you sometimes struggle to remember passwords, a password manager can help. It’s a utility which can store your usernames and passwords in a strongly encrypted personal file, and which can generate random passwords for you. DICE has keepassx2. It … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE

A new version of Virtual DICE is now available for download. (Here’s how to download it.) If you don’t know what Virtual DICE is, read on. The managed Linux machines here in the School of Informatics run an environment which … Continue reading

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SL6 DICE: sleep suspended

Some staff and postgrads who haven’t yet had their DICE desktop upgraded to SL7 have been having trouble logging in at the start of the day, after waking their machine from sleep. We’ve been gathering evidence on this problem, but … Continue reading

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New: SL7 Virtual DICE

We’re delighted to announce a new release of Virtual DICE. Find out more in the Virtual DICE help pages. The download information is here. Virtual DICE is DICE Linux, but running in a virtual machine. It can run on any … Continue reading

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Upcoming hardware maintenance – down time for services

Edit: this work has now been done. To enable hardware maintenance a number of services and websites will be unavailable for a short while – read on for details. The following services and sites will be unavailable between about 10am … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE now has Java

New Virtual DICE VM images are available for download. A lot of software has been updated, but the big news is that the VMs now include Java. A careful review of the licence conditions suggested that we were after all … Continue reading

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Seven.

You may remember that DICE Linux is not getting the major upgrade this summer (DICE teaching platform upgrade – postponed) that we optimistically forecast in February (Upgrade of DICE desktops to Scientific Linux 7). This post explains what’s been going … Continue reading

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A second NX server: staff.nx.inf.ed.ac.uk

We recently added a second NX server, staff.nx.inf.ed.ac.uk. The first NX server, nx.inf.ed.ac.uk, is unchanged. NX is the remote graphical login facility, offering a DICE desktop from a Windows, Mac or Linux machine anywhere on the internet. staff.nx.inf.ed.ac.uk is for … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE

DICE is also available as a virtual machine. We call it Virtual DICE. It can run in a variety of environments – Windows, Linux, Mac, and so on. The computing help pages give details on how to download, install and … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE – please help us test it

We’re delighted to announce Virtual DICE. It’s like a DICE desktop, but running in a virtual machine. It’s currently in a testing phase – see below. Everybody in the School of Informatics is welcome to use Virtual DICE, but you … Continue reading

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