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Setting up your laptop

If you have selected to receive a laptop from FBK, you do not need to follow these steps as we will set it up for you. Otherwise, please follow these instructions in order to setup your laptop.


If you already have a GNU/Linux distribution installed, skip directly to step 3.

Otherwise, if you want to install one yourself on your laptop, we recommend installing Ubuntu 16.04.

  1. Download the installation image which you can find at the following link:
  2. Follow the instructions at
  3. After the installation, you can download the following script and run it in order to setup your initial environment.


If you have a Windows laptop, we have prepared a Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine during WebValley. A virtual machine is an emulation of a piece of software: in this case your host operating system (Windows) is emulating another program which is the Ubuntu operating system, without actually having to install it on your "physical" machine. Please follow these steps:

  1. Download the virtual machine image (a "snapshot" of an existing virtual machine) here (~5 GB).
  2. Download VirtualBox (a virtual machine manager) from the following page:
  3. To import an existing virtual machine, navigate to the top menù File -> Import appliances or use the Ctrl+I hotkey.
  4. Select the downloaded VM image.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen. We recommend at least 4 CPUs and 4096 MB of RAM (depending on your host machine). If you need additional help, please follow the instructions here.
  6. After the import process is finished, you can start your virtual machine and ensure everything works. If you want to "play around", the password of the wvstudent user is "password".

Mac OS X

You can setup your initial environment with the script you can find at this link.