New horizons: contributing with virtual machines

So you visited FreedomSponsors and liked it – great! But… what now?

As you may already know we developed the project platform using Django, a great open-source Python web framework for rapid development. Since our project platform is also open-source it’s only natural for many of you to take the opportunity and learn about both Django and FreedomSponsors by downloading the code and playing with it locally.

Cloning our code repository and deploying the platform locally isn’t difficult – but we understand that it might become harder than it should be due to environmental constraints. Maybe you don’t want to or can’t change your Linux working environment or – even worse – your environment is based on a different operating system (say, Microsoft Windows) and getting everything to work properly would just take forever.

With that in mind we updated our “getting started” instructions in order to make it easier for you to use a virtual environment for running the platform locally. That’s right – from now on you should be able to get the FreedomSponsors platform running on your machine in no time!

All you have to do is to download a virtualization software, a pre-built virtual machine, deploy the code and have fun. So:

1. Download VirtualBox (there are other virtualization softwares available but we just like this one better – feel free to try any other one you feel comfortable with, but don’t forget to give us your feedback on it!);

2. Download one of the available Ubuntu pre-built virtual machines;

3. Follow our “getting started”instructions;

4. Have fun playing with the code!

We expect that to make it possible for even more people to learn and contribute with the project. As usual we welcome your feedback – please let us know about your experience!

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the tip. I’ll try to install it directly on Linux Mint 13 first. But if it doesn’t work, I’ll try the virtual machine.

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