[nSLUG] linux in the (Windows) computer lab

JD Trevors jeff.trevors at gmail.com
Tue Sep 28 16:21:20 ADT 2010

Any chance to introduce Linux to people is a good thing.   Work or play.


George N. White III wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 11:13 PM, Stephen Gregory <nslug at kernelpanic.ca>
> wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 08:39:21PM -0300, George N. White III wrote:
>> <snip>
>> nice writeup.
>>> With modern hardware, Virtual Appliances provide adequate performance
>>> for classroom exercises.
>> For compute intesive tasks like R you should get near native
>> performance too.
> Real, as opposed to classroom, tasks in remote sensing tend to be I/O
> and memory bound,
> which is not ideal for a VM.  Fortunately, the NASA software dates to
> the mid-90's and goes to extraordinary lengths to minimize memory
> demands so it could run on workstations with 256M RAM (and costing
> upwards of $20k!).
>> I am a big fan of virtulization.
> There are many tasks that don't come close to the resource limits of
> modern PC's. With a modern PC and an apt-mirror repo you can whip up a
> new VM in just a few minutes.  A VM can't be more reliable than the
> host, but there are situations where the VM "protects" the host from
> app problems (e.g., crashing the X11 server or runing out of memory or
> disk) so in some cases a VM can salvage a system that would otherwise
> be unstable.
> -- 
> George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
> Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia
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