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I would like to try running a certain OS in a vm I have a few questions and I have never used a vm before.


Would I be able to run an operating system in a vm through Linux on my Arch linux box with 4gb of memory and an i3 560 @ 4.35ghz or should I use my sigrig?

What kind of performance could I expect and would it be better than running on it's own 5400rpm sata1.5 disk?

How intensive in terms of CPU usage and memory usage is running a vm?

I basically just want to try out the OS and see what it is like as I have never used it before.
Edited by cavallino - 4/5/11 at 10:53am
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How silly ok never mind... Edited.
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You have plenty of power to run virtual machines; probably even several of them if you manage their RAM requirements wisely.

Be aware that KVM (the virtualization tech shipped with Linux) does not presently support a certain operating system that interests a small segment of people who don't like paying inflated prices just because a piece of hardware is pretty. By the same token, there are no paravirtualized drivers for that OS, so its performance would be quite slow.
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You have plenty of power to run virtual machines; probably even several of them if you manage their RAM requirements wisely.

Be aware that KVM (the virtualization tech shipped with Linux) does not presently support a certain operating system that interests a small segment of people who don't like paying inflated prices just because a piece of hardware is pretty. By the same token, there are no paravirtualized drivers for that OS, so its performance would be quite slow.
Thanks. I might give it a try but it sounds like it may just be better to deal the slow performance on the 5400rpm drive. I don't really want to buy another hdd or reformat my arch Linux drive to GUID. I just want to kind of learn the interface since I know all the uhhh other operating systems.
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If you just want to learn the interface do you really need top performance? It's tricky getting that OS to run on standard hardware. The VM approach may be easier.
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If you just want to learn the interface do you really need top performance? It's tricky getting that OS to run on standard hardware. The VM approach may be easier.
Yeah maybe your right. I have a habit of excess.

I have it running pretty well right now. Minus sound. I found a really good site (which I will not link too) that gave an excellent tutorial. My i3 rig is pretty mundane though so that probably helps.
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