[plug] Request for Comment - need suggestions and clue-bats
sboak at westnet.com.au
Mon Feb 27 13:54:33 AWST 2017
I think Linux has changed a bit since your early experiences :-)
I've been running Debian on everything from a Raspberry Pi to several
different desktop systems for years and can't remember the last time I
had stability issues. There were some early glitches with skylake on my
current Asrock B150M Pro4 motherboard, but that was only to do with slow
booting and after a firmware update they have 'gone away' now.
I'd recommend you give Linux a go on new hardware, especially if you can
get your hands on a system to do a test run for a while.
I'm sure others will have recommendations of laptop / desktop hardware
that is proven to work.
On 27/02/17 13:31, Onno Benschop wrote:
> As a Linux user for many years - debian potato anyone? I've had my
> fair share of "fun" in relation to making a stable environment. In
> 2009 after too many crashes I bit the bullet and virtualised my Linux
> experience. I bought a 17" MacBook Pro, installed VMware Fusion on it
> and ran my Linux desktop inside VMware. I still do. Best business
> decision I ever made.
> Based on that track record, I'm reluctant to depreciate my use of
> VMware on a Mac, but my last 8 months have been less than optimal. I
> purchased a late 2015 27" Retina iMac and loaded it up with 64Gb of
> RAM. It's currently running El Capitain.
> It crashes an awful lot. OWC have swapped out the RAM and tell me that
> there is nothing wrong. Apple told me that they don't support 64Gb of
> RAM, OWC says othewise. VMware tells me that the microcode on the
> SkyLake processor is out of date, Intel agrees and Apple waves its
> hands in the air in the hope I won't notice that they're not actually
> doing anything.
> I'm loathe to run Windows as my Host OS, and it's unclear if the boot
> process would load a microcode update for the processor, so I could
> actually see if that made a difference. Similarly, I'm not keen to go
> to a Linux Host, since prior to 2009, that resulted in countless days
> and weeks of downtime when <insert random hardware> stopped being
> supported or wasn't quite compatible with my hardware and again I'm
> not sure I'll get a boot-level microcode update via that mechanism.
> I'm at a loss what to do next and I'm looking for suggestions.
> Functionality I use daily:
> * Linux as my Desktop
> * VMware snapshots to test new software / test updates
> * VMware machines for different clients
> I'm seriously contemplating selling my near new iMac and starting
> again, but I'm not at all sure what that might look like. I have work
> to do and my current set-up just isn't helping.
> Is there something I should investigate, some aspect of what I'm doing
> that is in need of review?
> From a troubleshooting perspective, I've swapped out RAM until I was
> blue in the face. So far I can make Memtest86 pass if I turn off all
> but one CPU core. I can reliably make my machine crash by running OSX
> Photos and exporting a 1080p slideshow and VMware randomly crashes
> with spurious errors - sometimes killing VMware, sometimes the login
> session, sometimes the kernel.
> Onno Benschop
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