Alrighty than, wait to see if they'll be adding support for smartnofes. In case they don't have plans to include SMART soon, than since you're good with computers I suggest you rent a managed VPS and just dive in it. Once you get the hang of it, it's not hard. But if you will use it only for your smartnofe, than turn off any other service to minimize the attack surface (like apache, mail and other servers you won't need).
Sorry about the late timing!!!! I just bought a Panasonic cf-52 laptop with Win 10 PRO running on a Windows Vista COA. Well, I’d like to think your last statement STILL holds true for my efforts. …Can you confirm this? I’m primarily interested in running old OS’s such as WIN XP. or older windows OS’s…who knows maybe some DR-DOS files and .apps. I’m thinking I can stay away from migration and dedicated server machines and all that goes along with security issues. Thanks for any feed back.
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