I can’t help but feel like I have been inadvertently getting prepared for what happened this weekend.
As I gear up for travel, I was running through my checklist of things to take care of. One of these things was my laptop that likes to immediately shutdown when the battery hits 40%. Yes, it is quite annoying to have your computer tell you “You have two hours left” and then go black. This simply will not do for travel. I was hoping I could just send the battery back, but GIGABYTE insisted I send the entire laptop and AC adapter.
Thankfully, I’ve just finished setting up my NUC. It’s a good thing I decided to go with a desktop version of Linux, because it’s my main system now. So, over this weekend I’ve had to back up my data, image a laptop, convert it into a virtual machine – all of which I’ve written blog posts about. Last but not least, I also had to get my current time-waster (Path of Exile) to run on this machine.
In a few words: I am impressed. This mighty little NUC has been able to run my P2V’d laptop (Windows 7 64 bit) as well as play Path of Exile (thanks to wine, winetricks, PlayOnLinux, and some helpful forum posts).
Is it perfect? No, but it’s also not permanent. It is a pleasant surprise to see how far things have come in the last few years, from virtualization, to small computers, and even the impressive community of gamers that is still growing within the Linux realm.