I've much to learn, as I've only ever run a local webserver for website dev. Yes, older HW can still be of value (although I've a bunch of 32 bit machines that I feel I need to dump; I just hate doing so). I'll reconfigure my Lenovo E73 (SFF) which I got off of ebay, some time back. It's very nice: Quad Core i5 4th Gen, 16 GB Ram, 500 MB HDD. By today's standards, it's not going to make a splash, but it's more than good enough for my projects.

Any info or tips you have, would be cool.

top hardware. long time i went with raspberrys. it was fun to learn gpio and do some python. then stuff always took ages. low capacity bigger projects. i would run 4 vm on your hardware for developing purpose no problem. 32 bit can be used for kids with emmabuntus.org - i have kept all my hardware - somtimes i need spare parts. even old ide cable make a perfect match with arduino projects. yes that needs a lot of space.

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Humm, site just went down - I hope we didn't break it!!

Sorry, now you've lost me; I said I'd much to learn :) "4 vm"?? My VM experience amounts to no more than the Oracle VM VirtualBox running on a Linux Deb based OS. I don't usually bother with a VM, I just fresh install a basic Linux Deb OS and take it from there, adding whatever services I need, for the project in hand.

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i have two ways to go. your way of course and i run a windows 10 hyperv machine the demo never expires somehow. on the hyperv i spin up linux distros and go from there. i like the easy system snapshot in hyperv. it takes a long time if you mess up a linux bare metal setup to get going again. with the hyperv i can return to the last working snapshot easy. also i like having the 1 core small server possibility to run like very small tasks. i think there are a million ways to have fun.

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Ah, I see what you're driving at. I use the 'Snapshot' feature with OVM, as and when I upgrade MyNode, so that I can roll back if needs be. Good call, ty. I'll set up my dev environment in that way.

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its all about the snapshots lel

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Btw, have you used Proxmox? Would that be a better option than OVM?

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I have not tried those. But Proxmox looks worth a try. Active project and kernel based vm. Give it a try its your denvelopment machine. Let me know when tested.

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Yeah, I'll have at it. I did try Proxmox a while back, but it seemed overkill for what I needed at that time, also it seemed to be a steep learning curve, so I reverted to what I know. Thanks for your time and advice. Peace.

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