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Old 09-19-2008, 01:09 PM   #1
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Virtual Machine - best distro as host

I want to install a single-boot, lightweight, non-full-featured distro with a lightweight gui - fast load, very easy on resources.

Once loaded, that distro will serve to run only
  1. internet: lightweight browser & e-mail
  2. lightweight utils: terminal, gui notepad, calculator, network admin, and maybe some other quick-n-dirty tasks
  3. vmplayer: (brand-name or generic) to run virtual machines for
    • xp and ubuntu (or other high-power distro) - simultaneously
    • perhaps vm appliances, other distros, other O/S
The hardware:
  • HP notebook
  • duo-core
  • 2GB RAM
  • Intel wireless
  • Nvidia geoforce g 7600
All of my experience is with UNIX and full-featured distros like R/H, Debian, Ubuntu. What are some good skinny distros for the vm host & for those quick in-and-out tasks?

Old 09-19-2008, 01:13 PM   #2
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Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) and Slackware

Or just install Ubuntu and strip off some packages.
Old 09-19-2008, 01:52 PM   #3
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Debian with base install(no GUI) and adding the packages you need, vmware server for virtualization.


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