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

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 13:05:32 EDT 2010


It's not a requirement, but it'll use it if it's there.

Darcy.

On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 11:45 AM, Oksana Goertzen <ogoertzen at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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