VirtualBox for FreeBSD in an Intel Atom processor
tedm at mittelstaedt.us
Fri Jul 23 06:15:37 UTC 2010
On 7/22/2010 3:24 AM, Harald Servat wrote:
> Hello list,
> I'm planning to buy an Intel Atom based computer and install FreeBSD
> (probably 8.1) on it, and II was wondering which are my options to run
> First of all, recent Intel Atom processors do not support Intel VT-x.
> According on the section of Troubleshooting of  it seems that VT-x is no
> needed, but according to  it seems that VT-x is needed for 64 bit guest.
> If this is correct, does it mean that in I'd be only able to install 32 bits
> guests in that machine? Even if I install FreeBSD-amd64?
> Another topic would be responsiveness, I know that Atom are not speedy,
> but has anyone used it to virtualize another Linux (with or without X11) and
> Windows (XP or 7)?
> Thank you very much!
>  http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html#intro-64bitguests
About 3 months ago I picked up from Fry's Electronics a brand new
motherboard + processor for about $50. The CPU is a 2.5Ghz Intel
Celeron E3300. I put a spare 1GB stick of ram in it I had lying
around. The board itself is a clone BTC I think. I split the disk
into a 1GB Windows XP partition and FreeBSD 8 for the rest of it.
This runs a
session of XP in a VirtualBox that is literally just as fast as
XP running natively on the same box. You cannot tell the difference.
In fact, in some cases I think the XP session under virtualization
runs -faster-. I use the XP session to run Vsphere Client since
I manage some ESXi servers.
I personally think you could do better than the Atom.
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