Welcome to my first post, so I hope you will be patient with me.
I’m preparing to set up Home Assistant in a house I’m about to buy. After looking at a lot of hardware options including but not limited to laptops, Macs, PCs, Synology, Raspberry Pi and so on, I decided to buy a used Mac Pro for $200 and through a WD Blue 500 GB SSD in it for another $70. (Expensive but cheaper than a Synology)
2008 Mac Pro, A1186
OS X El Capitan
WD Blue 500 GB SSD
A used 640GB HDD (for now)
Additional 2 hard drive spaces
2 - 2.8 GHz Quad Core Xeons
24 GB Ram
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU
Along with HA I plan on having it handle a camera NVR (such as Blue Iris?) and a media server such as Plex.
Since I now have most of the computer hardware (may be getting some more drives for storage and setting up a RAID) I have now come to the part of how to best set it up and that has left me with a number of questions:
Do I keep running OS X El Capitan and run everything on the local host or VMs or a combination thereof? (Side note: I work with VMs at work and am comfortable using them)
Do I use Virtual Box or get VMware or Parallels?
Do I wipe the hard drive and install Linux or Window (not so much thinking this one)?
Do I use Boot Camp with another OS and boot straight to it?
Do I use Docker with a VM or Boot Camp or at all?
What would this Proxmox thing do for me if anything?
I have found some good articles so far:
I’ve installed Hassio on an old mac mini. No VM:
Sophos, Mac mini, and Docker (oh my!):
But would like to hear some more input about my particular case too.