Chapter 5.For this chapter of the series we’ll take a look a the virtualization setup I used for testing. I went for VirtualBox and this is the setup I used to test the distributions I selected as candidates. To keep things fair I tested one distribution at a time with the same general parameters for each virtual machine.
The hardware settings were exactly the same for all tests. Of course I did select the correct distribution in the first step of machine creation. This changes the options in the next screens to optimal values for each distribution, but I made sure that all hardware parameters where the same for all tested instances.
Here is a list of the used settings during machine creation:
- The machine was allocated 2048 Mb (or 2 Gb) of memory
- A new virtual hard disk was created
- The VDI file type (native VirtualBox) was chosen
- Storage details where set to dynamically allocated
- The virtual disk was saved in a separate file for each test. The disk size was set to 50 Gb
- Under System -> Motherboard: the boot order was changed to CD -> HDD -> Network -> Floppy. The floppy was deselected. The chipset was changed to ICH9.
- Under System -> Processor: the number of processors was raised to 2.
- Under Display -> Video: the video memory was increased to 128 Mb (the maximum) and Enable 3D acceleration was selected. 2D acceleration is only for Windows OS, so it was left unselected.
- Under Network -> Adapter1: attached to was set to Bridged Adapter and eth1 was selected (a separate ethernet card for virtualization)
- I am familiar with it.
- It can be run on my PC’s under both Linux and Windows.
- It is easy to take screenshots and document the whole process, including booting and setting up an operating system
- I can manipulate the graphical capabilities better than I would have been able to on my VMWare ESXi or Hyper-V servers (both have less capable graphics cards and abilities)
Switching to Linux series:
- Chapter 1 >> Switching To Linux: The Start
- Chapter 2 >> Switching To Linux: My Reasons
- Chapter 3 >> Switching To Linux: The Software List
- Chapter 4 >> Switching To Linux: The Distributions
- Chapter 5 >> This Article
- Chapter 6 >> Switching To Linux: Expectations and Criteria
- Chapter 7 >> Switching To Linux: Distribution Testing
- Chapter 8 >> Switching To Linux: Testing Distributions On Real Hardware
- Chapter 9 >> Switching To Linux: Ubuntu, The Surprising Winner
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