One more question: When you use a "base" project for new projects it can take a very long time for a new project to be available. It seems to be taking > 15 min just to create a new project that uses another project as its base. The base project I am using contains quite a few packages and my guess is that they are all being installed from source in the background when the new project is created. Is that correct?
Update: Since posting this reply more than 2 hours ago the new project based on the main project I created is still not available. Is there a more efficient way to share projects with a set of packages pre-installed with students?