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Would a quad-core 1.1GHz Intel Pentium N4200 be good enough?

 

I wouldn't have that many "heavyweight" programs. The only "heavyweight" programs I would have would be Vivaldi (web browser) and VirtualBox (Virtualisation Software)

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Compiling puts an extended heavy load on CPU generating heat which laptops are not designed for.

There is the potential for thermal overload causing the laptop to shutdown.

Reduce -j setting, cpu throttling reduce load but increase build time, and cool pad may be necessary to workaround overheating.

You would want a minimal install with a lightweight desktop environment like lxde.

Vivaldi install is sourced from binary deb and virtualbox-bin version is binary so no compiling is necessary for them.

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So would a high-powered laptop CPU like a Core i5-7300 HQ or Core i7-7700HQ be better suited for the job? (High GHz, Quad Core). Where would I use -j, and what does it do?

 

If you can could you possibly reccomend a laptop good for Funtoo Linux that isn't over 2000 NZD (around 1500 USD) that would work well with KDE (if possible)

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I currently run Funtoo on a single core Celeron 900 2.8 GHZ laptop and it runs fine.. however Chromium has a 36 hour compile time (inconvenient for a "portable" device). It is worth the results to me. Also running funtoo on a Core2 Duo 2.4 GHZ laptop (old gateway) and same scenario. Your very slow clock speed will have similar compile times. However the resulting system will perform exceptionally well because native compilation makes a massive difference when your using these slower CPUs.

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So would a high-powered laptop CPU like a Core i5-7300 HQ or Core i7-7700HQ be better suited for the job? (High GHz, Quad Core). Where would I use -j, and what does it do?

 

If you can could you possibly reccomend a laptop good for Funtoo Linux that isn't over 2000 NZD (around 1500 USD) that would work well with KDE (if possible)

I run funtoo in virtualbox:

System:    Host: ephemeral Kernel: 4.13.1-gentoo x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.10.5

Distro: Funtoo Linux - baselayout 2.2.1

Machine:   Device: virtualbox System: innotek product: VirtualBox v: 1.2 serial: N/A

Mobo: Oracle model: VirtualBox v: 1.2 serial: N/A BIOS: innotek v: VirtualBox date: 12/01/2006

Battery    BAT0: charge: 50.0 Wh 100.0% condition: 50.0/50.0 Wh (100%)

CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-4800MQ (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB

           clock speeds: max: 2693 MHz 1: 2693 MHz 2: 2693 MHz 3: 2693 MHz 4: 2693 MHz

Graphics:  Card: InnoTek Systemberatung VirtualBox Graphics Adapter

Display Server: x11 (X.org 1.17.4 ) drivers: modesetting,vboxvideo tty size: 139x25

Audio:     Card Intel 82801AA AC'97 Audio Controller driver: snd_intel8x0 Sound: ALSA v: k4.13.1-gentoo

Network:   Card: Intel 82540EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: e1000

IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>

Drives:    HDD Total Size: 36.7GB (40.9% used)

ID-1: /dev/sda model: VBOX_HARDDISK size: 36.7GB

Partition: ID-1: / size: 32G used: 13G (41%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3

ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.15GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2

RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present

Sensors:   None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?

Info:      Processes: 156 Uptime: 26 min Memory: 905.1/12791.7MB Init: SysVinit rc: OpenRC runlevel: default

Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.37

 

it runs just fine without delays including system compilation with Plasma 5 (few hours) with less cpu power and RAM?/DISK? in comparison to your setup.

 

My virtualbox host laptop (that hosts Funtoo) runs:

Quad core Intel Core i7-4800MQ

2x SSD = 1.5TB

RAM: 32GB

this let me run virtual host (linux) and virtual gusets (Funtoo, CRUX, BSDs, Windows) without issues.

You do have better processor but you need enough RAM (not for just running guests but getting heavy tasks done (e.g in my case linux/BSD compilation, windows photo editing).

If you do not plan to run cpu/RAM/disk heavy tasks then you don't need to max out RAM/disk of course and just leave system compiling overnight.

 

edit: virtualbox

with virtualbox host running Plasma and Funtoo running Plasma and running firefox system uses 3.5GB RAM total.

In other words just running simple tasks under virtualbox does not require a lot of RAM. CPU is running at 1-2%.

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