Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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Use Virtualisation
by benali72 on Mon 26th Nov 2012 20:50 UTC
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I like the approach in the article but I think he could have pushed it further to its natural conclusion.

This would mean having all your work in a virtual machine guest OS. Then just back up and propagate that guest OS onto different hosts as needed.

This completely decouples your working environment from the underlying hardware. It's easier than the more complicated approach the article suggests.

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RE: Use Virtualisation
by telns on Mon 26th Nov 2012 22:32 in reply to "Use Virtualisation"
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You can also make project-specific VMs, which I do with some regularity.

When the project ends, you just shelve the whole thing. If there is a bug reported, new feature needed, etc, you can go right back to it, even years later, with everything just as you left it.

Of course, you still need some sort of OS and hardware to run your VMs, no matter how thin a layer it is, so you cannot really escape the cycle entirely.

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RE[2]: Use Virtualisation
by benali72 on Mon 26th Nov 2012 23:10 in reply to "RE: Use Virtualisation"
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"project-specific VMs"

I like it, good idea. I think maybe that's the next logical step for me. Thanks.

As you say, ultimately there is a hardware connection or dependency somewhere. But if you could disguise it and decouple as much as possible it's a good thing.

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RE: Use Virtualisation
by henderson101 on Tue 27th Nov 2012 16:25 in reply to "Use Virtualisation"
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All of my dev work is via VM's these days. The VM is transportable, and I can use it on any OS I choose (so, my Work Win 7 laptop runs it most days, but my Mac Mini also gets a look in.)

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