List your Virtual Machines

Discussion in 'sandboxing & virtualization' started by J_L, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    Just wondering what kind of specs people give their virtual machines as well. Mine is generous, except for hard drive space that I keep at default or recommended minimum:
    4 CPU cores out of 8
    VT-x and Nested Paging
    4 GB of RAM out of 12 GB
    128 MB or 256 VRAM out of 3 GB
    2D Video and 3D Acceleration

    I tend to see around twice the space allocated on my dynamically allocated drives than the amount reported within my Linux and BSD systems. That makes the max size that much more important on my decreasing free space.
     
  2. octogen

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    Running in VirtualBox:

    1. Win XP Home 32-bit
    2. Win XP Pro 64-bit
    3. Linux Mint 15 64-bit Cinnamon desktop

    I like VirtualBox for all of its features and it's free. Tried VMWare Player, but didn't like the extra processes and services it was running.
     
  3. CrusherW9

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    This is almost exactly how mine are setup except I think I have mine set to 3 cores instead of 4. I used to allocate half of my available resources to my VM's but one time, I attempted to run two of them at once without thinking about it and boom, computer locked up.
     
  4. Banzi

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    Just got the one, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 running in Vmware workstation.
     
  5. J_L

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    Switched from PC-BSD KDE to LXDE, because of bloat. Switched from VectorLinux LXDE to openSUSE GNOME, because I found it too conservative. Switched from Mageia GNOME to KDE to try something new.

    Yes, I could've just chosen openSUSE KDE, but I was too rash. Besides, Mageia's version looks more interesting and different. Yes, I deliberately try to choose different desktop environments for each virtual machine, and different Linux families.
     
  6. J_L

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    Tried SparkyLinux Elightenment, but hated how it bossed me around. The Live Installer requires a swap partition to proceed, and the root and user can't have the same password! All unnecessary in a virtual machine (and some physical ones), so goodbye to that. Downloading Snowlinux E17 instead.

    Fedora MATE-Compiz installed and worked fine. Just a little tweak needed for Guest Additions: "yum install gcc dkms kernel-devel".
     
  7. J_L

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    Removed Snowlinux, because it would always revert the resolution to 720x480 on startup. I prefer 1024x768 unless fullscreen. Enlightenment was also a disappointment with its lack of search.

    Removed Fedora to even things out. Don't really miss its constant updates or extending the outdated in MATE. Too many GNOME derivatives already, Unity included.
     
  8. J_L

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    Got iATKOS ML2 working full screen with working FTP support. Installed combo pack and used softwareupdate command in terminal without issues. Sound fine after MultiBeast. Spotlight is still messed up, so I disabled it. Subpar performance, but still usable.

    Trying out Scientific Linux LiveMiniCD next. Wonder how it'll be like working with enterprise Linux and IceWM.
     
  9. CrusherW9

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    I was going to post something... about OSX... and VM's... but I thought it might violate the rules.
     
  10. J_L

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    Don't know, but I just did it since that's what happened, and to see if it does violate any rules.

    Scientific Linux downloaded, going to install soon (and edit this post).

    *Very primitive interface (more so than Windows 95), drop-down menus don't even automatically load. The installer and login screen is surprisingly modern, similar to Fedora's. Can't seem to update without the terminal. Oh well, that makes it more unique.
    After long update, hopefully guest additions will install fine after this command: yum install gcc dkms kernel-devel

    *Doesn't even have a file browser installed it appears. Had to use Firefox file:/// to look around, and need to manually mount guest additions CD. During install, OpenGL support module failed. Fixed with this command before installing again: export MAKE='/usr/bin/gmake -i'
     
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    What the heck are you doing with W2k?
     
  13. locjo

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    just messing around with it, seeing what can still run on it. I had an old CD around and decided to make it into an ISO and test it out.
     
  14. J_L

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    With Btrfs slow and buggy to the point of unusable now, I re-installed openSUSE in Ext4. Now it's much faster and smoother. Problem is VirtualBox shared folders won't auto-mount with that setting, and editing /etc/fstab makes it unbootable.

    Fortunately, adding "sudo mount -t vboxsf VM_Shared /media/sf_VM_Shared" (manually made that folder with sudo) under "/etc/init.d/boot.local" worked. Therefore, I have 7/10 virtual machines automatically mounting shared folders, the few left are incompatible and need FTP access.

    Don't think I will modify this line-up for quite some time (all are latest stable unless indicated otherwise):
    1) Haiku Nightly
    2) iATKOS ML2
    3) Mageia KDE
    4) Manjaro XFCE
    5) openSUSE GNOME
    6) PC-BSD LXDE
    7) Scientific Linux IceWM
    8*) Ubuntu
    9) Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
    10) Windows XP Professional
     
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  15. CrusherW9

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    Added Linux Mint Cinnamon x64. Ya dig? I dig.
     
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    I'd dig the XFCE version once LTS comes out.
     
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    For Win 2K, this might interest you.
     
  18. J_L

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    Removed Scientific Linux, because latest updates break guest additions. Added back OpenIndiana yet again. *It seems the audio fix command isn't necessary anymore.
     
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    Just got into the virtual world

    Using VirtualBox

    Host is in my sign.

    Guests
    -Win 7 Ultimate
    -Win XP Pro

    On the to-do list
    -Linux distros inc. Android-x86
    -OS X
     
  21. J_L

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    Replaced iATKOS ML2 with elementary OS. Runs much more efficiently, and looks just as nice if not better. Don't have to worry about faulty FTP connections or any other barriers to file sharing anymore. Actually tried to get Snow Leopard working before that, but proved too unstable and unreliable.
     
  22. clubhouse1

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    I've just started using VM VirtualBox as I'm new to VM I've found this to be an easy introduction....The only problem I have to figure out is getting it to work with my mobile 3g dongle from the real machine.
     
  23. J_L

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    Slimmed down to just 5 in my signature due to lack of time, space, and interest. I did put elementary OS in my USB drive cause it's stunning.

    Mageia ran acceptably, after it finishes a long boot process. Manjaro had a few instances where I needed to reset pacman, and sometimes forgot to auto-login or the resolution. openSUSE was a bit slow, and recently got graphics issues where windows keep appearing on Dash results. OpenIndiana was the slowest to boot of all and lacked updates or anything particularly interesting to me.
     
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    Great stuff thank you very much, I can now test software dependent on net connection...Thanks again.
     
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