Smallest host OS for virtualbox binary install

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Smallest host OS for virtualbox binary install

Postby schoenborno » 25. Feb 2019, 04:50

I'm looking for the smallest free *host* OS that will support installing virtualbox 6 from pre-built binary. Here are the options:

  1. Windows 7 64 bit (not free but I have a license)
  2. Solaris
  3. Ubuntu 18.04 / 18.10 / Debian 10
  4. Ubuntu 16.04
  5. Ubuntu 14.04 / 14.10 / 15.04
  6. Debian 9
  7. Debian 8
  8. openSUSE 15.0
  9. openSUSE 13.2 / Leap 42
  10. Fedora 29
  11. Fedora 26 / 27 / 28
  12. Oracle Linux 7 / Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 / CentOS 7
  13. Oracle Linux 6 / Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 / CentOS 6
Note that my VM *guest* is full ie *not* headless, so the VM host probably needs a DM but can be minimal (i'd be fine with starting virtual box VM GUI from a terminal if such a host setup exists). Just enough to host the VM guest window :)
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Re: Smallest host OS for virtualbox binary install

Postby socratis » 25. Feb 2019, 05:18

Just look at the requirements of each host OS. Then look at what distributions are available for the Linux distributions. One thing to remember is that 32-bit host support has ended with 6.x, so the requirements in terms of RAM (at least) have increased.

Win7 is going to be EOL in a while (2020-01-14, not even a year from today). I would go with a recent Ubuntu LTS release, like 18.04, but after a point it's more of a question "What do you feel comfortable with?"...
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Re: Smallest host OS for virtualbox binary install

Postby andyp73 » 25. Feb 2019, 12:34

I have no actual data to back this up but I think I would look at something like Devuan that doesn't use systemd as it's init system as it should be smaller and more configurable.

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