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    Exclamation Minimum Host OS

    Me thinks it would be a good idea to use another distro that uses minimum resources as a host so as to have more RAM available for VM Guest OS.

    I could install Lubuntu or lxde and have 'em as an option when I log in in order to free up more RAM for the VB. Is this a good idea or will I still have to designate the same amount of RAM to the Host OS in VirtualBox?

    Does VB work with lubuntu or lxde to start with?

    Right now I have 6 GiB. VM recommends I set 2 GiB for host and max 4 GiB for Guest OS.

    Thanks for ur input--
    Last edited by mayagrafix; March 22nd, 2013 at 08:48 PM.
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    Re: Minimum Host OS

    Its already been done in the "Server Edition", its called a "Virtual Install" and is smaller than the mini iso terminal install.

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    Re: Minimum Host OS

    Does that mean that I would have to remove my present Ubuntu os and install the "Server Edition"?
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    Re: Minimum Host OS

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    Its already been done in the "Server Edition", its called a "Virtual Install" and is smaller than the mini iso terminal install.
    This is of no use to the OP.

    The 'Install a minimal VM' option on the server CD is for installing smaller guest OS's, the OP is asking for a lighter host OS.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Minimum Host OS

    Ok, now that we know what is of no use to the OP, I ask you Cheesemill, what is?
    Maybe you have something positive to add

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    Re: Minimum Host OS

    If the OP is serious about hosting VM's and efficiency, then he should consider http://xen.org. There is more to VM's than just RAM.
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    Re: Minimum Host OS

    Looks like I'll have to study Xen a bit to see what it can do for me, meanwhile I've discovered Openbox. This really is minimal!
    Last edited by mayagrafix; March 22nd, 2013 at 05:27 AM.
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