Virtual Box

We have prepared a virtual box that contain all software and data you need for the tutorial.

We will pass around USB sticks that contain the 6.3 GB fermi-hero.ova virtual appliance as well as VirtualBox installers for Mac and Windows.


Your machine should have have at least 10 GB of free disk space and 6 GB or RAM. If you only have 4 GB of RAM you can try changing the VM RAM size to 3 GB or 2 GB in the VM settings, but then some or the ScienceTools might start to swap to disk and become really slow.

Installing the VirtualBox software

First you have to install the VirtualBox software.

  • If you have a Windows laptop, please double-click VirtualBox-4.2.18-88780-Win.exe from the USB stick and click OK a few times to go through the installation process.
  • For Mac, double-click VirtualBox-4.2.18-88780-OSX.dmg.

For Linux we did not put VirtualBox binaries on the USB sticks because there are too many Linux variants. Your best shot at installing VirtualBox on your Linux machine is probably to use your system package manager.

  • On Ubuntu or other Debian-based Linuxes:

    $ sudo apt-get install virtualbox
  • On Fedora:

    $ sudo yum install virtualbox

You can also try and download a VirtualBox binary installer from In either case (package manager or binary installer) it’s prabably a ~ 100 MB download, so it’ll take a while with our WIFI.

Installing the fermi-hero virtual appliance

To install the fermi-hero.ova vitual appliance into VirtualBox, either open um VirtualBox and use File -> Import or double-click the fermi-hero.ova file.

You can install the virtual box directly from the USB drive or by first copying the fermi-hero.ova file to your hard drive.

In any case this will create a virtual box called fermi-hero on your had disk (a folder called fermi-hero with a large fermi-hero.vdi file, a small fermi-hero.vbox file as well as some other stuff inside. You’ll never have to look at this folder, except if you are short on disk space check it’s size.


VMWare should also be capable of importing the fermi-hero.vdi appliance, so if you prefer VMWare (non-free, but a bit nicer in some ways) over VirtualBox (free), give it a try and let us know.

Starting and using the fermi-hero virtual machine

To start the fermi-hero virtual machine (VM), start VirtualBox (the window has Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager in the title) and double-click on the fermi-hero VM.

Fedora wil boot up and present you with a login screen for the user hero.

Some information on the VM:

  • Distributed as 6.3 GB file fermi-hero.ova in the Open Virtualization Format
  • 20 GB disk (VM file size grows dynamically) in VDI format
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64-bit Fedora Linux Version 19 (specifically Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-19-1.iso)
  • Do all analysis as user hero in the home directory /home/hero ... no login password set.
  • If you need root access ... the password is root. E.g. you can get a root terminal by typing su and then install software using yum.

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