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From: Amitava D.
Date: Wed 28th Jul 2021, 6:39pm
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"Christopher McDonald" <ch*i*.*c*o*a*[email protected]*a*e*u*a*> wrote:

> ANONYMOUS wrote:
> 
> > Interesting. Could I use OSX for the unit like previous semesters? I am not sure I can install linux with 
> > my T2 chip.
> 
> (this is pre-empting some of the discussion we'll have in Friday's workshop)
> 
> There are 3 main contemporary operating systems used by our students - Windows, Linux, and macOS.  Remembering that this 
> unit is not just about the (very portable) C programming language, and is also about the programming-language/OS 
> interface, it is essential that as many students as possible have the opportunity to use the platform on which the 
> teaching materials will focus.
> 
> [[Historic note - For a couple of years, this unit has required that all projects be marked on a Linux system, and not 
> simply any system of students' choosing.  This improves fairness and repeatability in the marking process.  Until 2018, 
> the Dept had a laboratory of Apple iMac computers, and all students' projects were marked on those computers. But due to 
> the rising costs on Apple computers (perhaps resulting in decreased student ownership), the university now provides a 
> recent version of the Linux operating system on lab computers in CSSE.  Last year was quite a nightmare for project 
> markers and students alike, as access to the common Linux lab distribution was unavailable when the campus was locked-
> down, and attempting to determine on which platform students developed their project created many headaches.]]
> 
> Knowing that students own a mix of Windows, Linux, and macOS, we're providing documentation to explain the options, the 
> best of which (we believe) is to run the Ubuntu distribution of Linux on any of the 3 platforms. Unfortunately, the Linux 
> distribution installed in CSSE Lab 2.03 is not Ubuntu, and its licensing prevents us from providing a copy to students.  
> However, we're aware of the relevant differences between the lab installation and Ubuntu.  The chosen option is suitable 
> for Windows-10 users, macOS users (on Intel or Apple Silicon, with or without the T2 chip), and doesn't require 
> repartitioning your disk.
> 
> So, while students will be able to attempt most of the laboratory and project exercises on other platforms, such as macOS 
> or Windows, all students are STRONGLY encouraged to become sufficiently familiar with Linux to undertake the laboratory 
> and project exercises, and to test the projects ON the Linux platform before they're submitted.
> 
> More details provided in Friday's workshop.

Thanks Chris for the clarification. 

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├─ original   Tue 27th Jul 2021, 11:21am, James H.
├─ reply 1   Tue 27th Jul 2021, 12:00pm, Christopher M.
├─ reply 2   Tue 27th Jul 2021, 1:12pm, Amitava D.
├─ reply 3   Tue 27th Jul 2021, 8:40pm, ANONYMOUS
├─ reply 4   Wed 28th Jul 2021, 9:10am, Amitava D.
├─ reply 5   Wed 28th Jul 2021, 11:24am, Christopher M.
└─ THIS   Wed 28th Jul 2021, 6:39pm, Amitava D.
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