I am a 3d artist (animation/modeling/sculpting) and I have a dream.
I have licenses of zBrush the Autodesk and Adobe suites. My zBrush is a mac only licence; maya is both (I think), Adobe is for Windows, and my prefered OS is windows 7 (it would be linux if I can make this work). What I would like to do is run a minimal linux host for a variety of reasons - security, stability, being able to use zbrush on more capable hardware - that will allow me to run Windows and OSX without rebooting to switch.
What I would want: --Linux boots first from there I boot either OSX or Windows OR both(?) --I need the ability to run the aforementioned programs at full strength/speed as a native install would be. --Move files from any of the 3 OSs to any of the others seamlessly. --Eliminate any reboot need. Other than restarting the particular VM for OS updates etc.
The hardware I have: i7 4820k 16gb of ram(mb has max of 64gb which I will be getting to as money allows) 1TB hdd 640GB hdd and 140GB WD velociraptor split in half (I was planning on linux dual booting never finished)
What I would like to do: -- Get smaller sdd's for each of the os's and dedicate them to that os. -- use the larger HDD's as communal storage. -- Max system ram. -- GUI for linux (but i'd be fine with a CLI to make room for the other two) -- Play games in windows or OSX. This is more of a perfect world point. I'd be ok booting native for this.
I know of wine for linux but that doesn't get the support for the newest programs (that I currently have licenses for) and I'd rather not befoul my workflow with opensource alternatives until I have a job. Not to mention most of the work in my field uses either proprietary or in-house software. I know that what I am really looking for is a VM host but I am not sure if that will fully support the things I want it to do and if I need better hardware before it really will work the way I want.
TL;DR -- I want to run a mac zBrush license, Adobe and Autodesk windows licenses all on one machine with no reboots.