Can you suggest a good, lean Linux build that will give me only what I need to run VMware?
That's a fantastic question! I do not play with the different distributions of Linux nearly as much as I should, so I tend to stick with a Linux distribution that I know, like, and is stable and fast. For me that is Ubuntu. And while you may know about Ubuntu because of its current position as the Linux desktop leader, there is also a server edition that you can download from Ubuntu's website.
I use this server edition to run all of my Linux VMware Server servers and it has never let me down. Alternatively, to explore different, "light" versions of Linux and what they have (or in this case, what they don't). You can always refer to the DistroWatch Website. You may want to check out Damn Small Linux. It's only 50 megabytes!
The only thing you may have to install (on Ubuntu) is the inetd or xinetd daemon; it hosts the VMware Server authorization service. I hope this answers your question!
Related Q&A from Andrew Kutz
This expert's insights will help you make a decision whether to use Ubuntu remote backup.continue reading
A user wonders how well Ubuntu will serve him/her in terms of stability, and gets release recommendations from an expert.continue reading
Learn about an emerging product that aims to decrease time spent fixing dependencies.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.