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Hey everybody, I'm fairly computer savvy, but a relative newcomer to Linux. I'm running Mint 7 on my backup machine, and the biggest pain-in-the-*** I've had to deal with so ...
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    Virtualization Project; Looking for recommendations!


    Hey everybody,

    I'm fairly computer savvy, but a relative newcomer to Linux. I'm running Mint 7 on my backup machine, and the biggest pain-in-the-*** I've had to deal with so far is getting the wireless drivers working (admittedly not that tough with Mint).
    Anyhow, I have an idea for a little project but I could use some help getting off the ground.

    I'd like to set up a bare-bones system to play host to various VirtualBox machines and appliances. A simple GUI like fluxbox or openbox would be acceptable, though I'd prefer to use/learn a text-based interface.

    Because this will only be a host system, I'd imagine it wouldn't need anything fancy, just hardware support and VirtualBox. This is the system it would be installed on:

    ~2005 Dell Precision M70 laptop
    ~320GB 5400 PATA HDD
    ~1GB RAM
    ~Broadcom Wireless card (Gasp!)
    ~not sure what else might be important...

    Basically I'll need USB, keyboard, touchpad, DVD-ROM, and wireless working. Maybe bluetooth eventually, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I've been looking for a distro that fits these parameters but came up short. Any suggestions?

    Any and all input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    Not a bad idea, but you probably want to add some RAM - at least have at least 2GB, and allocate at least 1GB to a running VM - I am assuming you are only going to run one VM at a time. If more, then more RAM would be appropriate in order to get decent performance.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    I'd consider Ubuntu server considering your experience since Mint is based on Ubuntu.

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    Thanks for the tips, guys! I'll post back on this when i actually have time to build the dang thing.

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