The Department of Future Technologies provides a set of virtual machines for software development and other tasks via https://vm.utu.fi/. The utuvm-latex virtual machine is especially preconfigured Linux VM (Debian stable) for generating LaTeX documents and should compile the thesis template without any issues.

The virtual machine contains preinstalled versions of

  • TeX Live (popular Linux/Unix LaTeX distribution)
  • LyX (for WYSIWYM editing)
  • Pandoc for generating LaTeX documents from markdown sources
  • TeX editors (Gummy, Texworks, Texmaker, Texstudio)
  • Generic editors (Emacs, Vim, Geany, nano)
  • PDF reader (Evince)
  • Pygments for syntax highlighting (minted)
  • Seafile client for storing the documents in the University's Seafile server.
  • Docker, systemd-nspawn

The virtual machine also comes with a modern browser (Chromium) for editing documents in ShareLaTeX and Overleaf.

Extra applications can be easily installed from deb packages.

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Using the virtual machine

Please refer to the instructions on the virtual machine download site for setting up the platform. All the necessary tools for compiling documents have been pre-installed in the utuvm-latex virtual machine.

Next, you can continue to the tutorial that demonstrates the use of typical features required in a thesis document. There are also further instructions for using and configuring the template.