Brian Stempin on 19 Mar 2008 08:08:00 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Linux distribution for virtuous machines

It partially depends on what VM tools you're using.

For VMWare, I would vote for Ubuntu-server.

For something like Xen, I would go to some sort of Debian-based distro.  Xen-tools allow you to pick a distro and then proceed to install it for you via debootstrap.  I've been using Ubuntu 7.04 on some of my DomUs.  It turns out that the Xen-tools installation is *very* minimal.  My default install didn't even come with things like man and the like.  Additionally, I've found that RH based distros (RHES, CentOS) are a pain to RPMstrap using xen-tools.

On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:09 AM, Gabriel Sean Farrell <> wrote:
On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 09:17:15PM -0400, JP Vossen wrote:
> Have you tried doing a *minimal* Debian install?  Unlike Red Hat, Debian
> understand what "minimal" means.  The way I do it is when you get to the
> tool that selects packages (I forget which incarnation of which tool is
> used in the installer), just exit it.  Very little is installed, not
> even SSH!  From there I simply aptitude install whatever I need.  That
> gives you all of the stability, and l33tness of Debian, along with it's,
> errr, timeliness <ducks>.  IIRC a minimal Etch was < 300M.

I would also recommend this method.  After the base system is installed,
deselect any "tasks".  Once the machine has rebooted, install further
packages as needed.  This is the minimum amount of hassle for a minimal
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