[development] Development platform?

Randy Fay randy at randyfay.com
Mon Sep 13 18:27:37 UTC 2010

One great resource everybody should know about is the Quickstart Project,
http://drupal.org/project/quickstart, which provides a completely-set-up
Ubuntu instance, with Drupal configured, Apache, Mysql, Eclipse, Netbeans,
everything all there out of the box. You can run it in the free Virtualbox
environment on Mac, Windows, or Ubuntu. You avoid the speed problems of
Windows that way.

It's a fantastic resource.


On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 7:58 PM, Allister Beharry <
allister.beharry at gmail.com> wrote:

> Firefox can and does peg the CPU on Windows for no apparent reason
> after a while. Try killing Firefox and working without it and see how
> it is. But 3 GB is not enough for Vista.
> A developer machine should have a minimum 4G RAM and ideally 8,
> especially if you're running a VM. I run a Linux image inside
> VirtualBox too for development and I don't get any performance issues
> on my quad-core with 8GB. Although it doesn't eat up as much resources
> as Windows, a full GNOME or KDE desktop environment is very heavy,
> especially with all the stuff Ubuntu must pack in. If you don't use a
> graphical environment your Linux image memory requirements will barely
> scrape 512MB. I use mostly ssh + screen + vim and although the
> learning curve is high I'm now very productive with them.
> Allister.
> On 10 September 2010 23:44, Jeff Greenberg <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.
> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
> >
> > So...ANY ideas (short of tossing the laptop and buying a real
> workstation)
> > would be greatly appreciated!
> >
> >
> > Jeff
> >
> >

Randy Fay
Drupal Module and Site Development
randy at randyfay.com
+1  970.462.7450
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