I've asked in a few places, and not gotten responses, so I hope you guys can help.
I'm building a new PC and want it to be flexible and versatile. Here's my plan...
I want to install a very small distro to be used as my native OS. I'll have a nice PC with decent specs* so a tiny OS seems like underkill, but bear with me.
I plan to run multiple OS's for various reasons. Mythbuntu for DVR work, Win XP for those times I need it, and Ubuntu as my main desktop OS. I won't always have all three running at once, but it could happen.
The reason I want the small primary OS is so I can use it as a dashboard for launching other OS's as virtual machines. This means that all my work will be done on VMs, though I could do simple web browsing on the little distro.
<<But why, Jeff?>>
Well, on my current old PC I recently had to re-format and re-install an old Ubuntu version because, for whatever reason, Gutsy wouldn't run well on my machine. I ended up starting from scratch because I couldn't upgrade from such an old distro, and I couldn't use the new one. So I figure that if Ubuntu is on a virtual drive, I can replace it, archive it, delete it, or whatever, without disturbing other stuff on my hard drive. Plus, I won't have the dreaded dual-boot system (sounded good at first, but I don't want to reboot to do a task in Windows).
There are obvious advantages for Windows. I can go back to a clean install or early snapshot with a few mouse clicks. Lord knows I'll use that!
So here's the small distro I found. It comes bundled with Virtualbox and Compiz Fusion, so it seems like a good simple base for my proposed system.
Am I being stupid here, or does this sound workable?
*AMD dual core 3.2GHz, 2-4GB RAM, 750GB HDD (add more later if needed), and a 512MB Asus graphics card on a nice Asus mobo
I'm documenting my planning here... http://www.jeffsnewpc.blogspot.com/