[aklug] how to get Linux within Windows environment

Joshua J. Kugler joshua at azariah.com
Thu Mar 1 16:59:55 AKST 2018

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:35:58 PM AKST Mark Moon wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm a new employee of the State of Alaska, in a group within Department
> of Revenue that does investment stuff.  I major tool for what I do is R
> combined with MySQL, which I've used in mostly Debian Linux for over 10
> years.  I need to figure out a way to get a Linux environment on which I
> can run R but in a way that should be minimally threatening to the IT
> folks, who are Windows enthusiasts.  Any thoughts on ways of
> accommodating a Linux user like me within a group that almost
> exclusively uses Windows?
> If they won't let me have a dedicated Linux box on-site, I'm not sure
> how threatening things like a VM or Windows subsystem for Linux would be
> to the IT staff?  Any thoughts on approaches which might represent
> minimal risk from their perspective but still allow for me to run R and
> MySQL within a Linux environment?  I'd like to get some sense for what
> may be more vs. less risky approaches, when trying to refute their
> reflexive, no, that's not what we do around here.
> Many thanks!  Feeling like a blind and deaf being at the moment....

Are you allowed to install software? VirtualBox is free, and you could create 
a Linux VM that way.


Joshua J. Kugler - Fairbanks, Alaska
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