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    Question Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    I am using Ubuntu 20.04. I need a OS to run in virtualbox and use google meet there occasionally (with less than 2 incoming videos). What OS should I use so to use least RAM and storage (performance of guest doesn't matter that much)?
    If you know please include (apart from your suggestions) how is (size, ram mainly) the minimal installation of Ubuntu, debian etc? And how are Alpine Linux, Damn Small Linux, NanoLinux ( is it possible to use a browser in these OS)?

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    Re: Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    You should use a Linux distro that is still maintained, and if I remember correctly, that excludes Damn Small Linux.

    Have a look at Lubuntu and Xubuntu, Tiny Core and Puppy Linux.

    I think Tiny Core has the smallest footprint among these [Ubuntu flavours and other] Linux distros. But I don't know how Google Meet will work in the lightest distros. You have to try it out ...

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    I think you get away with less 'overhead' if you use KVM+VirtManager instead of VirtualBox.
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    Re: Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    You should use a Linux distro that is still maintained, and if I remember correctly, that excludes Damn Small Linux.

    Have a look at Lubuntu and Xubuntu, Tiny Core and Puppy Linux.

    I think Tiny Core has the smallest footprint among these [Ubuntu flavours and other] Linux distros. But I don't know how Google Meet will work in the lightest distros. You have to try it out ...

    -o-

    I think you get away with less 'overhead' if you use KVM+VirtManager instead of VirtualBox.
    But I don't know how to use KVM+VirtManager from my side. I use this for running android virtual device.

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    Re: Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    But I don't know how to use KVM+ VirtManager manually. Sorry for replying at wrong place first time.

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    Re: Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    Quote Originally Posted by EngineerStrange View Post
    But I don't know how to use KVM+VirtManager from my side. I use this for running android virtual device.
    KVM+VirtManager works in Ubuntu (and other Linux distros). But you can certainly use VirtualBox too (which is available for most operating systems).

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    Re: Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    gnome-boxes is pretty friendly for new users to virtual machines.

    https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Boxes

    Code:
    sudo apt install gnome-boxes

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    Re: Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    I don't know why but now I can't even remove virtualbox. The problem maybe because i haven't signed kernel modules.

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    Re: Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    How did you install VirtualBox?

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    Re: Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    I downloaded the .deb package from virtualbox website and installed using ubuntu software

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    Re: Suggest some Light-weight OS to run in virtualbox on Ubuntu 20.04.2

    Use 'the same' method [as you used to install] to remove the package. Your tool should have an option to remove a package, that it installed. (But it will probably not work to use some other tool. Or it can be very difficult)

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