Hi, I’d love to talk junk with Ya’ll. A bit of background. I’m 63 years old. Been in hardware / programming / databases all my life. Need to work till I die to support my little girl who has a ton of special needs. Need a new career direction.
My intent is to build out a new platform for learning stuff. I am unabashedly an AMD fanboy. I just like the underdog. I am decidedly NOT a gamer. My game of choice is Empire Deluxe which I must admit to many thousands of hours playing over the last three decades. I did play Morrowind through to the end. Beyond that, talk to my son.
So… I’m on a budget. You will see the “budget” choices below. I just ordered the following from Newegg:
Will order an AMD RX 580 8gb card. Basic card. As it happens I have about 10 tb of hard disks from an old server. I will use the M.2 SSD to boot from, plus for the StoreMI to speed up some of the spinning rust. Or just go back out and get
Which I hear good things about, to use for the STOREMI.
What I want to do with this hardware is to install a Type 1 hypervisor, almost certainly XEN. Make that a base of my new work direction. I have used Windows Hyper-V but I want to go open source. ATM I am using VirtualBox on my wimpy little Dell AllInOne with Windows 10 (home) installed. I shrank the Windows install to free up 100 gb and then built several Linux mint installs. I will confess that while I have tried to do Linux over the years it was just too… fussy shall we say? Or I was! Trying again.
So Xen on bare metal. Then Linux on that. I’d like to get into MariaDB. I have 25+ years of Microsoft Access / office automation plus C# plus SQL Server automation using C#. So MariaDB is an obvious choice for feeding my DB and programming addictions.
Not that I know anything whatsoever about any of this stuff. But that never stopped me in the past.
And finally, the Ryzen 5 2600 is just a placeholder for next year when AMD drops the other very big boot with 7nm Ryzen. I’m dreaming of a 16 core 32 thread Ryzen 7 cpu to drop into this system along with another 32 gigs of RAM.
Hey, a man’s gotta dream. Assuming that AMD sets me up, that system with XEN should make an absolutely awesome server for launching my next career. If / when I make more money, maybe a threadripper. It just wasn’t in the budget ATM.
Anyhow, it is too late to change directions so please no “you shoulda bought” kinda stuff. Other that that, comments welcome! If you are using Xen on Ryzen, do chime in. This looks like an absolutely stellar foundation for the future. Anyone doing MariaDB please comment.
I have a lot to learn. Should be fun.