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LOUD (LCSEE Optimized Ubuntu Distribution) is a modified version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution used within West Virginia University's Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering. In addition to the standard Ubuntu packages, LCSEE Systems also maintains several packages containing software and scripts for use in the Department's classes.

LOUD was created to give the LCSEE teaching and open-use computer labs, students, and instructors, an easily maintained standard development environment. The LOUD platform is available in the Department's computing facilities and for installation on personally-owned computers.

LOUD Open Virtualization Appliance (OVA)

Download the LOUD 20.04 Gold OVA from the link below. Use the video tutorial below to learn how to setup the OVA for use with Oracle Virtualbox. Please have Virtualbox installed on your computer before you begin.

*macOS users, see the prerequisite below before trying to unzip the downloaded file.

Click here to download the GOLD LOUD 20.04 OVA (Alternate Download Site until 05/16/2024)

Click here to download the GOLD LOUD 20.04 OVA (Currently down for maintenance.)


Please be sure to have Oracle Virtualbox installed on your PC. Additionally, ensure that your PC's BIOS settings allow virtualization. These settings vary per manufacturer but are often titled AMD-V, Intel VT, VT-x, vt-xd, etc.

*On macOS, download The Unarchiver, available on the Mac App Store, to unzip the .zip containing the .ova. The native macOS tool will also unpack the .ova file, which needs to remain intact, to properly load directly into Virtual Box.

Installation Tutorial

The following tutorial describes the process for installing LOUD as a virtual machine using Oracle Virtualbox as a hypervisor. Please follow the tutorial below to install LOUD.

LOUD using VirtualBox Installation

At the conclusion of this tutorial video, you should have a fully functioning LOUD 20.04 virtual machine containing all of the software that is installed in our labs.