Users' opinion wanted: Virtualization on Macbook

sdz

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May 28, 2014
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Hi,

I want to buy the new Macbook Retina. It seems the perfect device for me (size, fit and finish, weight etc.)

My question: How well does the 1.2Ghz (or 1.3GHz) model handle virtualization. I need 2 or 3 smaller linux development environments on my machine, each has maybe 512mb or 1gb of RAM attached. I am using Virtualbox.

Do you have experience with this?
 

fatefulwhisper

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Jul 24, 2008
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Hi,

I want to buy the new Macbook Retina. It seems the perfect device for me (size, fit and finish, weight etc.)

My question: How well does the 1.2Ghz (or 1.3GHz) model handle virtualization. I need 2 or 3 smaller linux development environments on my machine, each has maybe 512mb or 1gb of RAM attached. I am using Virtualbox.

Do you have experience with this?
runs fine, no issues. I have debian linux (512mb RAM) running on vagrant using virtualbox which I use everyday. I also run vmware fusion so I can use Windows 8.1 and IE for web development testing. I will often spin up another vagrant box w/ the same linux config for further testing. So far, so good.
 
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NT1440

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May 18, 2008
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Hi,

I want to buy the new Macbook Retina. It seems the perfect device for me (size, fit and finish, weight etc.)

My question: How well does the 1.2Ghz (or 1.3GHz) model handle virtualization. I need 2 or 3 smaller linux development environments on my machine, each has maybe 512mb or 1gb of RAM attached. I am using Virtualbox.

Do you have experience with this?
Keep in mind that Intel's line has been specialized at the hardware level for virtualization for years now. Unless you're looking to have a virtual powerhouse of an image it will do fine.
 
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sdz

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runs fine, no issues. I have debian linux (512mb RAM) running on vagrant using virtualbox which I use everyday. I also run vmware fusion so I can use Windows 8.1 and IE for web development testing. I will often spin up another vagrant box w/ the same linux config for further testing. So far, so good.
wow! Sounds really good. I think I will order one... What a pity, that it will be delivered end of June :(
 
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