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I would like to set up a complete graphical GNU/Linux environment that is secure and remotely (outside the LAN) accessible to many (~10) users at one time. The idea is to provide students with a consistent learning environment from wherever they may be. Has anyone else done something like this? What did you use?

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KVM and Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE)

Pros:

  • Separation of resources
  • Granular permissions
  • Multiple authentication options
  • REST API
  • Debian based
  • Secure graphical remote access via a VNC applet and HTTPS
  • Efficient scaling
  • Free and open source
  • Paid support subscriptions available
  • Can provide access to many different OSes

Cons:

  • Multiple VMs may be difficult to manage. This may be mitigated through software like Puppet
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