I've been just installing a Linux in a VM again (using VirtualBox, tested with 1.5.6). As a minimal system, I choose Debian (with minimal I mean that you don't get much unused stuff, it boots fast and the disk usage is reasonable. I know that DSL or whatever would be smaller, this is just about getting a decent work system up and running quickly). Here's a small howto:
- Get the Debian Net-Installer from Debian.org (180 MiB)
- Install debian, when it comes to package setup deselect
After reboot, install (using
- Install the VM additions, but install the kernel headers first
apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
- Reboot, notice that the network doesn't seem to work any longer
Done. This gives you a quite small debian installation which works fine and uses really little disk space (1.10 GiB including the swap-file).
dhcpd has to be run as root in case no network
connection is found.