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Old 04-06-2011, 09:25 PM   #1
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Question Desktop Backbone OS


I am considering building a new desktop computer soon, and instead of installing multiple OSes in multiboot, I would like to have a lightweight linux OS installed, whose ONLY job is to run virtualization software (like VirtualBox)which would contain my OSes. Advantages over multiboot would include:
- No need for partitioning
- No wrestling with compatibility issues
- Having multiple OSes running at the same time (big one)
- Being able to internally network the machines.

Could anyone recommend a very simple, basic, and if possible free distro that I could accomplish this on?
 
Old 04-06-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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How light are you talking about? Just a lean distro, or something that would be more at home in an embedded device?

If you are looking for a light distribution that can run a VM, check out Slackware, Debian, Arch, etc. You can only install enough of the system to get the VM running, and leave everything else out.
 
Old 04-06-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
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I'm looking for something lean (without all the bells and whistles) that won't hog up system resources. It does; however, need to be powerful enough to run probably two installations of Windows, one Ubuntu, and an installation of some form of BSD (not necessarily ALL at the same time). I will be using a six-core processor @ 3.2 GHz and about 10GB of RAM.
 
Old 04-07-2011, 02:55 AM   #4
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something lean

Arch , but there is a VERY big and VERY steep learning curve
Arch like LFS is not recommended for new linux users

but Arch is VERY customisable
 
Old 04-07-2011, 07:00 PM   #5
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I believe I might try Slackware or Debian. Thanks.
 
  


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