Hi Mint Forums,
At my university the number two reason for failed programming assignments is compilation errors, usually blamed on home and school machines having different compilers (#1: assignment not submitted). I want to pitch a VM (VirtualBox?) for students to compile assignments at home and be sure they'll compile at school. Since a lot of non-tech major students take first year programming classes this could help expose them to Linux!
- small download size (<2 GB, but less is better)
- lightweight/small footprint
- basic desktop environment
- remotely version-match the school's apps (varies from distro)
- LTS vs. rolling (i.e. Ubuntu LTS vs. Arch or Mint Debian)
- easy to use and update
- allow end-users admin rights
- possibly sync files with Dropbox or similar service (good/bad?)
So far I have an A paper/presentation, a demo running Lubuntu and an acronym. I'll probably post this idea around a bit as well. With a little luck and a lot of help it could even end up an independent study project. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
WHAT I WANT FROM YOU:
-> How do we keep apps version-matched with the school? I’ll be checking their systems regularly.
-> Any other tips, tricks, ideas or inspiration!