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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The Ubuntu server CD is great for virtualization: it's fast, and it also allows for personalization.
The server CD is really an Ubuntu minimal installation, with the added ability to set up mail servers, as well as a LAMP server. Several other features are offered.
I decided to use Ubuntu 7.04 as the host system, since VMware Server is included in the repositories. VMware Server allows you to create VMware images.
I installed the Ubuntu Server CD (version 7.10, Gutsy Gibbon) on two virtual machine images, one designated for KDE, the other, Xfce.
Before I could install any GUI (the Ubuntu Server has no GUI), I had to install a piece of crucial software.