Since Windows 7 support is coming to an end and I really can not tolerate of where M$ is going with windows 10, I will have to move to Linux.
I played around for a while now with Ubuntu 18.04 and for many smaller things it seams a viable alternative, but there are a few bigger butts that pose a major problem.
For once, since I’ll be still using many windows tools in wine, I require some sort or application firewall, i.e. something that allows me to deny individual processes access to the internet. The only tool i could find for that is in alpha stage https://github.com/evilsocket/opensnitch so are there any good application firewalls for Linux that i missed?
An other tool I desperately need is a good graphical task manager, something on par with Process Hacker (https://processhacker.sourceforge.io/) or task info (http://www.iarsn.com/taskinfo.html), they allow one to see the stack of any selected thread, show all open files of any selected process, all open sockets by process, etc… basically you can watch your PC think, the only tool that I found for Linux which comes even close is an unfinished port of Process Explorer https://github.com/wolfc01/procexp so are there any advanced task managers for Linux that i missed?
What I also miss is a proper file manager, what i mean by proper, well to be honest: Emulating the look and feel of the Windows explorer from Windows XP with tree lines in the folder tree.
And a good dumb search function that does not index anything just searches the files and shows a nice list, like it was in win 2000 or is now provided by 3rd party windows tools like (https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/) luckily at least my favorite file comparison tool is available for Linux https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php
Now the above things are annoying but manageable, worst case I will need to write a few tools of my own, …
But now to my biggest issue: Solid Works, its a CAD software I use really a lot. It is only available for windows, and it does not run smoothly in VMWare under Linux.
So I will need to set up a VM with GPU pass-through, is there any idiot prove guide for Ubuntu 18.04?
My main workstation has a Asus p9x79-e ws Mainboard, and it runs a Ivy Bridge xeon is that compatible with VT-d? or is it to old?
I have a NVidia 1060 card which I would like to pass through, I would add a second card (NVIDIA GTX 750) for the Linux desktop. I would hove ever like to not dedicate any monitors to the windows VM, that is get the image rendered by the 1060 into a window on the linux desktop.
An other issue will be my laptop a lenovo t440s it has a Intel graphics card as well as a NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, can the NVIDIA card be used for pass through? Its not really a standalone card as they are sharing a screen and so on, so it may be tricky.
Could you point me to some n00b compatible guides how to achieve these goals?