It occurred to me that working remotely full-time I don’t really need a laptop, I’ve seen some cheap 2013 dual Xeon workstations. I don’t know shit about CPUs but would it be a good idea to get one of these for dev and multiple VMs compared to my mobile i7?
@julienxx just keep in mind those xeons can chew through a lot of power, and require loud cooling fans.
@julienxx I do this; dual Xeon E5-2650V2's in a old workstation mb. For most individual workloads (anything desktop, FPGA builds) my 2015 macbook is very noticeably faster (up to 50% for some things). However, for kernel builds or if you just need 128Gb of memory at minimum cost it's not a awful option. You may not feel this is worth it.
Re noise, standard desktop heatsinks fit and you can't overclock, so very quiet.
I think there's progress on running OpenBSD there though, so there's hope for cheap hardware once people tire of them for the next shiny thing in a year or two.
A Plan 9 oriented server.