Toby DiPasquale on 15 Apr 2007 16:08:17 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] quick and easy distro for virtual machine

On Sun, Apr 15, 2007 at 11:51:03AM -0400, wrote:
> Now for my question: I'm looking for a distro that will be relatively
> painless to set up on this VM. Distro technology has moved on a lot
> since I was a sysadmin and I don't know anymore how the various distros
> compare as far as ease of configuration is concerned. So I solicit the
> list for recommendations or advice.

I typically go with Ubuntu. Easy installation, the power of APT and its
not yet piggish with disk space if you pare down some of its installation
options (unlike RedHat or SuSE/Novell), which means it fits well in a
virtual disk on your hard drive.

I would also recommend VMware over Parallels. VMware Player is free and
there are many excellent tutorials out there on how to create a .vmdk/.vmx
pair for use with VMware Player. As well, VMware just runs better than

All that above in one place:

Toby DiPasquale
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