[lug] Recommendations For Older Hardware?
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Wed Aug 4 22:31:16 MDT 2010
On Wed, 2010-08-04 at 15:53 -0600, Robert Racansky wrote:
> I'm looking for a light-footprint host operating system, that would
> then use VMWare Player to run a Windows guest operating system.
> (1) if something goes wrong, I can re-install the VM from a snapshot.
> I've never trusted Windows System Restore.
> (2) as a way to introduce users to non-Windows operating systems, by
> having other guest VMs installed on the same system. "If you just
> need to get on the web to check your e-mail, or Windows is too slow,
> try using this _____ Linux virtual machine instead."
> (3) If something goes wrong with Windows, and it inevitably will, the
> host operating system can be used to test/verify network connectivity.
I think you idea might be a little ahead of its time. But it's a good
The theme here is overcoming problems with Windows but I wonder if the
added complexity of Linux and a hypervisor and the reduced performance
of running Windows in a VM will leave your users more or less satisfied?
I started experimenting with virtual machines using VirtualBox on Fedora
11 in on an old HP Laptop. It runs, but it's not comfortable and any
time I needed to do real work in Windows, I'd reboot. How fast is your
Now I'm using an HP desktop with twice the Ghz, four cores and hardware
virtualization support. I run Windows in a VM regularly for Visio,
iTunes, or anything Windows only. It's comfortable and very much the
experience you're describing.
This hardware is "inexpensive" now at $750, but will be second-hand in
2-3 years. Virtualization software will have improved and if someone
can make a simple, very easy to manage host interface, you'd have the HW
and SW you need to reach your goal.
But right now I think any typical Linux installation requires
specialized expertise to resolve problems when they occur. I'm always
happy to hear about non-technical users succeeding with Linux but these
days I recommend those who can and want to avoid Windows simply get a
Mac. As my passionate Linux supporting yet Mac using friends say "It
just works." I wonder if that might be a more effective path to
overcoming Windows problems?
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