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Nettles wrote:I have a few questions for some folks more knowledgeable than I am. I know that a *NIX OS can run in a Virtual Machine on an external drive, and the general consensus online is that it has better performance than if the VM were installed on the Machine's hard drive. Can anyone confirm or deny based on personal experience?
Nettles wrote: My next question pertains to which flavor of *NIX I should choose. The machine I plan on running it with is a Sony Vaio VGN-NW-270f that I use for work, school, and 'play.' The reason I want to run a *NIX OS from an external drive is because I want to retain my Win7 and files on my machine. (and maintain the appearance that the computer only has one bootable OS.) All files that I obtain, create, etc. will remain on the external disk, which I'm hoping will keep all (or most) traces of traffic off of my Vaio.
Nettles wrote: I have a healthy respect for old style Unix and I'd love to learn its commands and processes and go back to (or somewhere close to) the roots of computing. I have considered Linux as my OS of choice because it is more modern and based on Unix, with more compatibility with programs and support than Unix. (however, typing commands into a BASH shell to get information I want would be a good learning opportunity as opposed to using a GUI to do everything for me.)
Nettles wrote: In closing, these are my questions:
In your personal experience, does running an OS on an external drive render better performance than if the VM were installed directly on a machine?
Nettles wrote: What flavor of *NIX is right for me in your opinion? (consider I like privacy, versatility, and control, but if I FUBAR something, I want to be able to find support to help me fix it.)
Nettles wrote: If I operate completely from a VM on an external drive, other than the packets flowing through my router, will there be any trace of data left on the computer on their way to the external drive? Also, is it feasible to ENCRYPT the external hard drive? Or would it interfere with connectivity in some way?
Nettles wrote: The reason I brought these questions to the forums is to see some discussion on the topic. I want to see more than just wikipedia articles.
Nettles wrote: Finally, an extra idea I had at the last second, is it feasible to install both UNIX and Linux to the external drive and just share data and boot either OS depending on my mood? Or is it just a silly pipe dream?
Nettles wrote: (I apologize if any of you consider my questions stupid.)
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