LinuxQuestions.org
Visit the LQ Articles and Editorials section
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 10-22-2009, 01:03 PM   #1
Mister_Andy
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2009
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Question Looking for small-footprint kernel just to virtualize other OS's.


Question is: What OS should I use to host virtual machines, at least one of which will be a server, while maintaining a smaller footprint than Windows XP/Vista/7's Virtual PC, and where should I look for steps to install it & add virtual machines?



First of all, this'll be my first experience with linux, so go easy on me, if you will. I've been using Windows OS's up until now, but I think it's about time I expand my horizons.


Alright. So.
I recently built a new computer (specs below, in case they matter) because my old one was barely able to handle Windows XP. I've now got a fairly powerful machine, and a static IP attached to it.

I'd like to find & install a linux kernel just to host virtual machines.(ideally, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and a linux build which I haven't chosen yet.)

I'm interested in using a linux kernel rather than VirtualPC because I've heard I can get a much smaller footprint that way. (So I don't waste as much of my system resources)


In doing a little research, I've found that Xen seems to be my best bet.
Their website talks a lot about its features, and how to use it, but I'm having a hard time finding out how to install it, and if it needs a hsot OS first (And what to use to host it. :P )



--Current computer build--
MoBo: Intel DP55WB
CPU: Intel Core i5 750
RAM: OCZ PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, 8gb (4x2gb)
Vid: ATI Radeon 4670 && nVidia GeForce 6200
HDD: Hitachi 1tb && Toshiba 200gb
OS: Windows 7 RTM (Die, Seven! DIE! Curse you and your hatred for unsigned drivers.)
 
Old 10-22-2009, 02:38 PM   #2
onebuck
Moderator
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Midwest USA, Central Illinois
Distribution: SlackwareŽ
Posts: 11,380
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 1478Reputation: 1478Reputation: 1478Reputation: 1478Reputation: 1478Reputation: 1478Reputation: 1478Reputation: 1478Reputation: 1478Reputation: 1478
Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

First, you will need to select a distribution which has the kernel of your choice. Most current distro utilize the 2.6 kernel.
I'm partial to Slackware and use it on my machines. The stable release is now Slackware 13.0 x86_32 or x86_64.

As for virtualization, you have several available; QEMU, VirtualBox, VmWare to list a few. LQ has a new ' Linux - Virtualization ' forum.



The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 10-22-2009, 05:08 PM   #3
Mister_Andy
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2009
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thumbs up Thanks a ton!

Thank you very much.

That'll help a lot.
 
Old 10-22-2009, 05:19 PM   #4
jefro
Guru
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 11,956

Rep: Reputation: 1482Reputation: 1482Reputation: 1482Reputation: 1482Reputation: 1482Reputation: 1482Reputation: 1482Reputation: 1482Reputation: 1482Reputation: 1482
Get Vmware's ESXI if your system supports it. It is the smallest footprint of any VM I know of.
 
Old 10-28-2009, 01:20 PM   #5
Mister_Andy
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2009
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
EXSi doesn't like SATA :/

ESXi looks pretty great, but it unfortunately doesn't run on SATA drives. They say you need SCSI. (Although I saw an article that said you could use IDE)

Thanks for the tip though; I'll keep it in mind in the future.
 
  


Reply

Tags
server, virtualization


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Small Footprint...little RAM coopns Linux - Newbie 1 08-15-2006 01:27 AM
small footprint linux system mylinuxdna Linux - Newbie 2 06-18-2005 04:03 AM
small footprint linux system mylinuxdna Linux - General 1 06-14-2005 02:45 AM
small memory footprint grcunningham Linux - Software 1 05-26-2004 09:38 AM
small footprint systems? siculars Linux - General 3 01-15-2003 03:43 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:05 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration