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Message 62068 - Posted: 30 Jan 2020, 16:21:26 UTC

Hi All,
With CPDN seeming to favour Unix based models in the short/medium term future, I thought I look at using my VMWare Fusion software to advantage.
So, I looking to run a Unix distro in VMWare Fusion on my Mac. Possibly with the intention of moving away from OSX as my main OS (Lengthy story) altogether in the future.
My first thoughts were to look at those distro’s were the most Mac like. (Strong personal preference over Windows.)
Initially, the one that drew my attention the most was ‘elementary OS’ especially since it was a Unbuntu variant.
Then I found that it appeared to be resource intensive in a VM environment, certainly in Virtual Box, although I couldn’t find any reference to VMWare Fusion, which is what I use.
Second variant was ‘Deepin’, although I hadn’t heard of it before.
I’d be grateful for any thoughts/advice/recommendations in this area.

PS My attachment to Fusion is because I run Windows 7 in Fusion with incredibly low overhead. ( On both iMac & Macbook Pro)
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Message 62069 - Posted: 30 Jan 2020, 16:41:56 UTC - in response to Message 62068.  

Hi Dave,

I haven't used anything but xubuntu for many years now. xubuntu has a lower memory overhead than either gnome or KDE environments. Using one of the Ubuntu's has the advantage that the instructions for installing the 32bit libraries are guaranteed to be up to date. I have never tried Deepin or Elementary and have only ever run them natively so can't comment on their use in a virtual OS environment.
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Message 62070 - Posted: 30 Jan 2020, 18:57:27 UTC - in response to Message 62069.  
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My systems both run Ubuntu Server 18.04.3. On my desktop system I installed the xubuntu-desktop meta package with apt. I highly recommend XFCE4 if you want a mature desktop environment with low resource use.
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