[development] Development platform?

Victor Kane victorkane at gmail.com
Sat Sep 11 10:44:53 UTC 2010

Two other alternatives:

1. Get an old PC/laptop nobody uses and stick Linux on it, with a minimum
LAMP stack and Drupal, make a little network and you're all set. An old
laptop would do great.
2. Turn your old clunker into a thin client and get a VPS on Linode or
similar and put your head in the clouds. Get a decent internet connection
and you're all set.
3. Back up everything, install Ubuntu on your old clunker and run windows in
Vbox on top of Ubuntu. It'll still be slow, but not as slow as now (worst

Victor Kane

On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 1:11 AM, António P. P. Almeida <appa at perusio.net>wrote:

> On 11 Set 2010 04h44 WEST, jeff at ayendesigns.com wrote:
> > I'm curious to hear what others are using as a development
> > platform. I'm dying a slooooooow motion death on mine. I have a 2GHz
> > dual-core laptop with 3Gb of memory running Vista. I decided I
> > wanted to develop on Linux, so I'm running Vbox with Ubuntu 10.4 as
> > the guest, with 1.5Gb of memory and 50Gb of disk (only using about
> > 8) alloted to it.
> >
> With that machine and modern OS there's no need to buy
> anything. Windows as a development platform is rather poor. Unless
> you're developing .NET stuff. Get a UNIX OS. It's older (70s tech)
> than Windows (80s tech) but a much more solid platform. Completely
> different approach, the command line is one of its greatest assets
> Install Debian Squeeze and say goodbye to most of your problems. I'm
> in a machine with less power than yours, running several Drupal dev
> installs, firewall, MTA, with no problems. I dumped Apache some time
> ago and run nginx exclusively.
> > As I type this message, the letters appear a second or two after
> > I've typed them (thankfully I'm a touch typer and it buffers). Don't
> > even ask about running update.php or bringing up the modules
> > page...several minutes each. In looking at the resource monitor,
> > it's not memory (no paging is going on) but the CPU is pegged. All I
> > have running is firefox, chrome and thunderbird at the
> > moment. Jedit, which is much lighter than JavaBeans, etc., runs
> > painfully slow too.
> Drop Firefox and get Chromium. The new 6 beta release is a good deal
> faster than the previous 5.0.375, so it seems. The chromium browser
> inspector is roughly at par with firebug.
> --- appa
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