[kwlug-disc] new hardward for linux - recommendations?

Oksana Goertzen ogoertzen at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 11:45:28 EDT 2010


I don't believe that Virtual Box requires a virtualization chipset.  I used
it before
on an T40 I had at home but I think VMware and perhaps the Microsoft
offering
do.

-Oksana



On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM, Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com>wrote:

> If you've got an old or low-end consumer processor that doesn't
> support virtualization extensions, that's definitely something to
> consider upgrading.
>
> It doesn't hurt to buy the SSD and give it a try.  If it's good
> enough, you've saved a lot of money.  And if it's not, you can still
> put it in the new machine, and you haven't lost anything.  If you get
> another drive in the new machine, just use it as a data drive.  You
> might need the space anyway.
>
> Darcy.
>
> On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM, Insurance Squared Inc.
> <gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
> > Huh.  So maybe I'd be better off keeping her existing machine, and just
> > switching to an SSD hard drive?  Seems cheaper and probably easier?  The
> > machine already has 3 gigs of ram.
> >
> >
> > On 29/09/10 10:46 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> >>
> >> On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 7:58 AM, Insurance Squared Inc.
> >> <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>  wrote:
> >>
> >>>
> >>> We need:
> >>> 1) powerful processor.  I want to run a 64 bit version of linux on it
> >>> though
> >>> of course we don't need much power for that.  But she also runs
> >>> virtualbox
> >>> with XP inside it and that does need some horsepower.
> >>>
> >>
> >> Any desktop processor is going to be 64 bit these days.  And processor
> >> isn't your biggest concern for virtualization, honestly.  Although
> >> make sure you get a processor with virtualization support.
> >>
> >> RAM is the biggest concern for running virtual box.  2GB minumum (1GB
> >> for WinXP, 1GB for Linux).  More is better, as always.
> >>
> >> The other big performance factor for virtual machines is harddrive.
> >> The difference in performance between a disk image file on a spinning
> >> disk and a disk image file on a SSD is staggering.  If you're going to
> >> splurge on anything, get a fast SSD.  It's worth it.
> >>
> >>
> >>>
> >>> 2) quiet.  The box sits on her desk in our home so quiet is better.
> >>>
> >>
> >> Beware chipset fans!  Also VGA fans.  Tiny fans in general are bad
> >> news.  You're probably looking at something less than top of the line
> >> power-wise if you want quiet, unless you feel up for putting together
> >> a liquid cooling rig.  Try to get something with as few fans as
> >> possible.  And if there are fans, make sure they're big.
> >>
> >> Darcy.
> >>
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