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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RE[3]: I couldn't agree more
by darkcoder on Tue 27th Nov 2012 15:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I couldn't agree more"
darkcoder
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2006-07-14

I think it is a bit of a myth that Windows can't deal with this.


They can deal fine as long as you stay in the same architecture. Example upgrade from an old Intel Core DUO to an i7, or from an AMD Athlon II/Phenom to a FX.

But if you do cross-architecture upgrade, then good luck with that.

Linux does not only survive that, it will boot without problems due to kernel having most drivers build in. The only one that will probably need re installation is the proprietary video driver and only if the card chip family changes (ie AMD->NVIDIA)

Edited 2012-11-27 15:40 UTC

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RE[4]: I couldn't agree more
by bentoo on Tue 27th Nov 2012 16:47 in reply to "RE[3]: I couldn't agree more"
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2012-09-21

They can deal fine as long as you stay in the same architecture. Example upgrade from an old Intel Core DUO to an i7, or from an AMD Athlon II/Phenom to a FX. But if you do cross-architecture upgrade, then good luck with that.


Not a problem since Vista/2008. I do plenty of swaps between AMD and Intel architectures. The only trouble I've had was storage drivers. (You need to make sure drivers for the boot device/controller are installed before swapping -- Linux would have the same problem).

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RE[5]: I couldn't agree more
by darkcoder on Tue 27th Nov 2012 18:51 in reply to "RE[4]: I couldn't agree more"
darkcoder Member since:
2006-07-14

Not a problem since Vista/2008. I do plenty of swaps between AMD and Intel architectures. The only trouble I've had was storage drivers. (You need to make sure drivers for the boot device/controller are installed before swapping -- Linux would have the same problem).


But since most storage drivers are within the Linux kernel anyway, and most distributions create a generic boot image (a fat one btw) is very very uncommon to have any booting issues switching from one hardware to another.

Like I said before the only real issue with Linux will be the X display and that depends on gfx adapter. But the system will very likely boot fine.

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RE[4]: I couldn't agree more
by telns on Tue 27th Nov 2012 20:29 in reply to "RE[3]: I couldn't agree more"
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2009-06-18

I went from a Core 2 to an FX* without any issue. Stunningly, all my paused Windows (and Linux) VMs resumed without error, even though the processor type changed underneath them "hot" (CPU type is one of the things passed through to the guest).

Storage usually is the most delicate, at least if anything goes wrong, but I've moved whole drive arrays and Windows coped. Linux usually works too.

They both seem to do a real good job of handling this.

For me, the fly in the ointment in a move is almost always the NIC. On Linux it tends to break all the network config, and on Windows most of the time it doesn't have the driver. Fortunately neither one is that hard to correct.

*Technically those are the same architecture though different types.

Edited 2012-11-27 20:37 UTC

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RE[5]: I couldn't agree more
by Lennie on Thu 29th Nov 2012 10:57 in reply to "RE[4]: I couldn't agree more"
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2007-09-22

If you do just that, the only "problem" when you do this, in Windows the old NIC and IP-configuration remains in the registry. Occasionally I've seen it cause problems.

In Linux it's just udev that needs to be told that the new nic should be used in place of the old one.

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