Kubernetes on old PCs

I work as a platform engineer and manage kubernetes clusters on GKE all day, but have never had one at home that I could really tinker with at the hardware level and blow up. I had been thinking about building one with Raspberry Pis, but that’s when I came across these old XP/Vista era beauties out on the curb looking for a new life.

I haven’t decided how I’m going to do this yet. OpenShift? Rancher? Can I build it on bare metal? Or should I use a virtualization layer like Proxmox? What would you do?

I thought this might be a great place to document the process, so check back in if you want to see how the project progresses.


Not knowing much about Kubernetes specifically: I’d try bare metal first. Also verify those processors actually have virtualization features Kubernetes needs. Some of those may predate CPU features you need. Worth a shot though.

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