We use a virtual Box image for teaching and demo purposes. The image contains all software we use in the tutorials.
This Page explains how to launch a virtual machine from the virtual disk image. The image is about 8GB large.
get it from https://s3.amazonaws.com/exciting/exde.vdi.tgz
or preferably via bittorent: https://s3.amazonaws.com/exciting/exde.vdi.tgz?torrent
Store the file on a fast, local harddrive, don't launch from shared disk.
Install Virtual Box
The virtual box host software can be obtained from http://www.virtualbox.org/ for free. There are versions for linux Mac and windows, either should work. Linux systems often have it in the package manager.
Create Virtual Machine
Next we will not create a disk image but use the provided disk image file (exde.vdi). We select the use hard-disk radio button. The exciting disk image is not yet added to the list of disks, so we must do this in the next step. Click the small folder icon next to select widget.