[development] Development platform?

Jon Antoine antoinesolutions at gmail.com
Sun Sep 12 16:24:17 UTC 2010

Here is a link to instructions I've put together for the development
platform I am currently using:


This setup uses Fedora which has been OK, but I am working on a new
development platform for Aegir that will use Debian... not sure when I'll be

Good luck,


On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 3:44 AM, Victor Kane <victorkane at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> alternative).
> Victor Kane
> http://awebfactory.com.ar
> http://projectflowandtracker.com
> 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
>> IMHO.
>> 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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