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Discussion in 'Electronics & Video Games' started by Exile Machine, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Exile Machine

    Exile Machine Active Member

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    Anyone else here running Linux? I've been an ubuntu user since 2005. Sold all my Macs and never looked back.
     


  2. SIG_Fiend

    SIG_Fiend Administrator TGT Supporter Admin

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    I'm on XP right now. I'm about to setup my system with VMWare so I can run XP, and Ubuntu virtual machines to more fully utilize all my hardware effectively.
     
  3. Texas1911

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    I'm going to switch my laptop to Ubuntu at some point. The server runs on Linux. :)
     
  4. ducksps

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    uh-oh

    I'm an old Solaris guy who had to embrace windows then linux. So far I think Sun was on the money but Linux is where things have arrived and should start to focus. My virtualization certification is with Citrix but I still run the VM virtual machine for personal use to support my Ubuntu Linux distro. I hate computers but they are paying for NFA toys and Law school. Leave me a diesel land rover, M1a, 1911, and a tempermental Ducati and I will survive.

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  5. SIG_Fiend

    SIG_Fiend Administrator TGT Supporter Admin

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    Does anyone have an opinion on the efficacy of running virtual machines for typical home use? I kind of like the idea. I don't know whether it would be any more efficient than what I have now, though I can never leave anything alone. ;) I'm mainly curious if there is any potential performance benefit in dividing tasks with major system loads over multiple VM's. What I mean by that is, instead of multitasking on one system, dividing up the tasks between individual VM's. I'm just not sure if there is any worthwhile performance benefit on a typical home system. I'm sure with a serious server setup it's much more beneficial. I was planning on having at least 2 VM's setup, one on XP and the other on Linux. The XP VM would be for games and other software compatibility requirements. I was planning on using the Linux VM for all the internet stuff. Other than that, I can't really think of any reason I'd need/want to run any other OS' other than that.
     
  6. ducksps

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    I run it on my laptop and desktop

    I run a VM session on my tiny laptop for testing and connectivity issues. My laptop OS is Vista64 (would be mac or linux but I need to stay current for work) but no Checkpoint VPN client was in existance last I checked so I would use the VM to keep a 32bit client running allowing me to connect those sites using that VPN product. Checkpoint was not compatible in any way the 64bit so I had no other choice. I've also run a small domain on that very laptop when testing script distributions with great success. Just limit the machine sizes and be stingy allocating memory and you would be surprised what can be gotten away with. Don't forget VMware server is also a free product.

    Give it a shot and you should be fairly happy. The machine isolation does a good job of keeping resources restrained to the machine meant to have them.
     
  7. SIG_Fiend

    SIG_Fiend Administrator TGT Supporter Admin

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    I'm posting from my newly installed VMWare Ubuntu virtual machine. :happy0001: This is pretty cool! Watching Modern Marvels on my XP main machine while browsing the net through the Linux VM, and it's running pretty well so far. I can see I need more ram though. ;) lol
     
  8. Starker

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    Ubuntu is the only desktop distribution I have used. I have also used Ubuntu and a few other Linux server distributions.

    I don't think you will get any performance benefit. Generally, the resources in your computer are the resources you have to work with. The only possible benefit I could see would be limiting the resources for your Windows VM so that Windows does not continue to hog more and more of them. However, whatever you are doing on the Windows VM will be limited by the resources allocated to it.

    The main reason for running VMs is to limit the number of physical machines needed. It is very reasonable to use VMs for home or personal use, especially if you have certain applications that run better on a different OS than your primary OS. Generally speaking, applications will run slower in a VM than in a native install of the OS.
     
  9. SIG_Fiend

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    The main thing is I would like to start multi-tasking a bit more effectively. Multi-tasking as in, burning a cd, browsing the net while burning, running a game server in the background while all that is going on, etc etc. Why? Just because. I don't know. ;) I will end up with a multi processor server and 16gb of ram if I have to. I just always have to tweak stuff for some darn reason. ;) lol
     
  10. Texas1911

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    Running pretty flawless?

    You running it on a single screen?

    Ubuntu uses considerably less resources I find.
     

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