I’ve seen on Qubes-Whonix hardware specification page that to run properly it is required to have 16GB RAM, a SSD disk and a compatible processor.
I’d like to use a cheap under $100 Lenovo computer featuring an Intel i5-4570T, 1TB 7200 RPM HDD and 8GB DDR3, is it enough to run Qubes + Whonix (both Gateway and Workstation) to host a blog on Tor as an onion service?
Is it advisable (and cheaper) to run via home network or should I get a VPS? I am afraid most will not allow hidden services and full disk encryption may not be possible.
I’ve found some local (buy via cash, in person) post-Christmas offers for new items, both the Lenovo and an Intel NUC nuc5cpyh with 8GB ram. However, none of such computers is listed as compatible in the Qubes page.
I admit the nuc would be a great choice as it is very small, low power and fanless, but the Intel Celeron N3050 looks quite unable to sustain two VMs running.
Server-wise I’m using nginx and PHP, trying to cache articles. To offload some work I can run the database on a second server but it would introduce lag since it will connect via Tor.
I have around 50Mb download 1Mb upload no quota always on connection.