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Student Linux Box
Learning Environment

Welcome to the SLB website!

SLB is meant to provide a complete Linux-based environment for students to study Computing Disciplines at large. It allows students to deploy a Linux virtual appliance on top of the virtual box software. Since the latter is available on Linux / Windows / Mac platforms, our students are able to work in a pre-installed environment with the tools we selected for them, regardless of their hardware or operating systems preferences


You will find the following resources available to download;

  • A guide showing your how to install, setup & use SLB [PDF][DOCX]
  • The OVA file to import into your Virtual Box software [OVA]

Future of SLB

For now, its first versions have been developed as part of the CLUE Project. As such, they are primarily focussed on integrating innovations from the above in order to support the learning of C Programming.

We hope to use the same base virtual appliance in different offerings in order to provide our students with a uniform environment while familiarizing them with open source tools. When several offerings are supported, we will most likely transition away from a single pre-packaged OVA virtual appliance to net-installable packages meant to be deployed on a base Linux install.

This page provide links to some of the software provided in the SLB;

This tab summarizes the different SLB releases; feel free to get in touch with the author for help or feedback.

Releases History

  • SLB-v2-12.04
    • First public release 7/6/2013
    • Focussed on IT & CS versions of USF Program Design
    • Integrates tools from the CLUE project
    • Provided as a virtual appliance for virtual box - OVA


This project is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under award number DUE CCLI 0836863.Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.