I am using Ubuntu on my desktop because it's the most easy linux I know. But I have also computers with Windows as host operating system.
Sometimes when I am on Windows I need some linux tools. Therefore I have VMware Workstation. Normal Ubuntu inside VMware runs not so smooth.
Basically I need only a stripped down linux with support for the standard hardware VMware offers (no overhead like bluetooth and such), GNOME and the packetmanagers apt-get and synaptic to install further software. It would be pretty good if the linux for the virtual machine would have been optimized (for RAM, CPU and whatever) for use in the virtual machine, preinstalled VMware tools would be a goodie.
Can you advise a linux distribution for this needs?
There is a version of Ubuntu server called JeOS (http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/serveredition/jeos) that is designed for use in a virtual machine.
Can you really recommend that or is this just somethign you post?
I don't have good experiences with that version. The normal install cd has an error and exists to busybox. And on a preinstalled image apt-get install gnome isn't working.
I agree with the previous post that it really does depend on your specific needs but if you are just looking for any Linux I would recommend CentOS. I've been running a CentOS VM for a year now - it plays well with Workstation.
There will be some good stuff from 6.5 :
32-bit and 64-bit CentOS 5.0-5.2 as host and guest operating systems
For sake of 6.0.x:
Ubuntu 7.xx desktop works fine by me on a Dell d630 laptop.
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