[Linux-aus] sponsorship to finish a PC

Russell Coker russell at coker.com.au
Sat Nov 16 14:44:30 EST 2013

On Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:34:07 Jackson Doak wrote:
> Armidale. I used to volunteer at a e-waste place that had stuff up to core
> 2 duo, but the amd 8 core PCs will run everything at once, no matter what
> it is.

I've seen quad-core systems in e-waste and got other quad-core systems from my 
clients when they upgrade their networks.  It's only a matter of time before 
8-core systems turn up as e-waste.

Not that you need an 8-core system to run lots of things at once.  In my 
experience the limits for virtual machines are RAM and storage.  500G disks 
are now coming out as e-waste (EG Dell sell 500G as the minimum disk and 
charge more than double the market rate for bigger disks, so every time I 
install a Dell server I get a spare 500G disk), so storage isn't the issue.

Many free systems only have 2 DIMM sockets which generally limits you to 4G of 
RAM, that would allow you to run 14 small virtual machines.  Some have 4 DIMM 
sockets which allows 8G of RAM and 30 small VMs

How many VMs do you need to run at once?

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