[GTALUG] VM decisions for school laptop..
D. Hugh Redelmeier
hugh at mimosa.com
Thu Apr 12 15:58:35 EDT 2018
| From: Michael Galea via talk <talk at gtalug.org>
| On 04/11/18 22:27, D. Hugh Redelmeier via talk wrote:
| > Do you have a good example of why he would bother firing up Linux?
| I imagine he will want to run the Linux instance in the background so he can
| get access to a personal git server.
I would *guess* that git could run natively under Windows. Googling
gets hits but I haven't read any of them.
If not, I'd expect that it could run on the Windows Subsystem for
Linux. That should incur less overhead (hardware resources and
sysadmin resources) than a VM.
Are there other examples?
| The course he is taken is in game design and it is mixed Windows/Linux, so
| what he actually uses the Linux for will be mandated by the school.
That changes things a lot. The schools guidance should provide
I'm impressed that the school even considers Linux relevant. I wonder
For serious gaming, I imagine you need a notebook with a dedicated
GPU. Generally that's annoying to support under Linux. Not an area I
know much about.
Gaming notebooks have developed into a different breed.
| I myself would push him completely to Linux but for:
| 1) Some game design systems have sole support or better support under Windows
| (according to him),
Sure looks that way to me, from a distance.
| 2) Windows seems to be his preferred development target,
| 3) He plays a lot (too many really) games on Windows.
Those two go hand-in-hand.
| > I now think that an ultrabook is better for students: easy to carry,
| > long battery life. 256G of SSD and 8G of RAM is fine now, I think. I
| > love having a great screen.
| Good point, but I suspect that the laptop should be meaty enough to play the
| things he develops on it. He uses unity and recommendations for building a
| dev machine range from 8-32 GB.
The ultrabook is probably not appropriate for what he needs to do.
Using the minimum amount of memory might turn out to be a problem.
On no basis, I'd recommend 16G (RAM is very expensive these days).
I'd aim for a notebook with some open memory slots that you can
populate after purchase. That gets tricky: you'd prefer that the
slots each be occupied with high density cards so as to leave room for
expansion without having to evict the original cards.
| 2) Make sure the processor support Intel's VT-x for 64 bit development.
I think that all modern chips that would be offered to you would have
VT-X. Perhaps VT-D would be useful too, but I don't know.
| 3) Consider an SSD.
I imagine that gaming notebooks would allow both to be installed.
These days, M.2 connector with NVMe is great for SSD. Much faster
And then you want a separate 2.5" bay for a SATA HDD.
Don't get me wrong. Linux offers wide horizons. Lots of amazing
systems. More than are available on Windows.
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