I also managed to successfully test out “Virtualbox” (although, the virtual machine was pretty low-spec, on account of my physical hardware machine here could use some upgrades).
The system I have currently (which I love — because it isn’t a rickety shit-box, like my previous system) is actually pretty reasonable, spec-wise: Core 2 duo (with 2 cores — heh!), 1.00 GB ram. 75 GB HD. (Yeah….)
If I understand the information I found on Google, I should be able to upgrade this system to 4 GB memory, and (presumably) either a much larger internal HD, or simply *not* storing non-software stuff on the internal HD. (backups to thumb-drives, external Gdrive, whatever.)
In principle, I can do a fair amount of the early, command-line stuff via Cygwin. (I appear to have gottten at least the Gcc compiler installed, and my installation of Cygwin doesn’t appear to be “broken” — at least, not in any obvious way.
Eventually, I will (most likely) end up upgrading this system (maxing it out as far as memory etc.), and (probably) creating virtual machines — to use as isolated “sandboxes” for learning programming, etc.
In principle (and this is the part which makes this potentially really cool) the Virtual machines themselves are “portable”, such that I would (theoretically) be able to use them with any suitable physical hardware machine.
Theoretically…..if I have actually understood this stuff.
Further, since I have managed to fight Cygwin into some kind of functionality without descending into murderous rage/despair — there *may* actually be some sort of — possibility?
The other step forward: I downloaded the free (as in “gratis”) version of “Teracopy”. Seems to be much more useful for dealing with large amounts of files.
Next step: 3 (or more?) semi-related projects:
1. Continue organizing such portions of the music collection as are already digitized).
2. Begin (continue?) sorting/organizing analog media (most of which became disorganized during the last move some years back, and/or because I had to move the shelves around because of water leakage from the plumbing, etc.)
3. Organize audio samples, and/or that portion of the copious amount of stuff I have recorded over the course of the past 25(?) or more years. A significant amount of the early stuff is on double-speed cassette-tape, recorded as 4-channel multitrack. How in hell am I going to transfer those?) 😦
At any rate: things appear to be at least semi-functional, so I’m not sure if the people mentioned in the previous post should die screaming, or not. 🙂