Importing the Virtual Machine
UK / US keyboard setup (optional)
1. Installing VirtualBox
Windows: This link downloads the .exe file:
Mac: This link downloads the .dmg file:
Linux: You can choose the appropriate VB package here: Alternatively you can do the following (easier way): Open a terminal window and run:
2. Importing the Virtual Machine
Go to ngcmbits and download the R-programming.ova file. Then from the VirtualBox interface go to file > import appliance. Click the folder to specify the .ova file path (Downloads, Desktop, etc.). Click Continue and then Import. This process can take from 4 to 10 minutes depending on your laptop. We are ready to go!
Select the imported VM and click Start. You will be prompted to switch to full-screen mode, click Switch. Click x to close the 2 messages that will appear.
Now you see a black screen. Don’t worry, this is an in-built bug of VB. Switch to window mode again and then full screen mode again and you will probably see the desktop icons now. Mission complete.
4. UK / US keyboard setup (optional)
By default, the keyboard type is set as UK. If you have a UK Mac or a US laptop there is an extra step to follow, in order to switch to your type:
- UK Mac: Open a LXTerminal: from the bottom left icon > System Tools > LXTerminal. Type:
Enter your password (feeg6003), it will not be displayed on screen. Use the default option Generic 105-key (Intl) PC with right arrow, enter. Then choose English (UK). Then English (UK) – English (UK, Macintosh). Then Both Alt Keys. Then No compose key. Then No. Wait for the update. All done.
- US laptop: Open a LXTerminal: from the bottom left icon > System Tools > LXTerminal. Type:
Enter your password (feeg6003), it will not be displayed on screen. Use the default option Generic 105-key (Intl) PC with right arrow, enter. Then choose English (US). Again English (US). Then default option. Then No compose key. Then No. Wait for the update. All done.
Finally, you can check that the essential keys are working by opening Text editor. In particular we are interested in these: #, ~ and ".
The workshop material is already available in the virtual machine. Alternatively, you can find the .zip file that contains all files here.