Preparation of a technical environment that will be supported in Montréal-Python's workshops.
These short instructions will able you to setup a fully functional and performant Python developer workstation on Ubuntu or Debian.
We strongly recommand to have this workstation setup for all Montréal-Python's workshop because :
If you want to have fun with the code in Montréal-Python workshops without loosing your time with configuring your machine, offer yourself a development environment where Python is a first class citizen. Otherwise, come a bit earlier at the workshop, we'll help you set it up. It's simple. It's powerful.
You're on Mac OS X or Windows? You don't already have a Linux distribution as a developer workstation? You can install one on your computer without interferring with your normal operating system. To do this, you'll install a virtual machine managed by Oracle VM VirtualBox software.
Download the appropriate version of Virtualbox according to your operating system [approx. 100 Mb] :
(see "VirtualBox platform packages" bullet ; Windows host or OS X host for Mac)
Ubuntu is a Linux operating system based on Debian. Python is a first class citizen there. We prepared you a ready-to-install Ubuntu shipped with everything needed to make Python development. Let's download now these Ubuntu sources and install Ubuntu in the Virtualbox.
2- Download the appropriate Ubuntu image at the following url: http://montrealpython.org/data/Montreal-Python-32bit-Ubuntu-12_04.ova [1,7 Go]
3- Open VirtualBox
4- Clic on File -> Import appliance
5- Once Ubuntu is imported, on VirtualBox main screen, double-clic on the machine in the left pannel
6- The user is
montreal-python... the password is
montreal-python as well
Instructions to import the image with printscreens are available here : http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E26217_01/E26796/html/qs-import-vm.html
You're now in your Python developer workstation, a Ubuntu that Montréal-Python prepared for you. For your info, it's only a Ubuntu out-of-the-box with these extra Debian packages installed :
You're now ready to code!