system programming

David Christensen dpchrist at
Thu Jan 10 20:42:23 PST 2008

Michael wrote:

> I am a computer science student taking the operating systems course.
> All of our assignments are supposed run on Linux and I don't have a Linux

I've taken programming classes and learned the hard way that the only way to
ensure that my software worked correctly on the teacher's machine was to
have a matching development environment.  In practice, this can be very
expensive and/or time consuming to achieve.  Fortunately, matching the Linux
distribution make, model, and version was sufficient.

Now there are more options -- notably, virtual machines.  I suggest that you
ask your instructor to pick a free VMware Linux virtual appliance and that
the teacher and students all use that:



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