Saw this question and it got me thinking: Is it possible/advisable to run VMware Server ESX/ESXi on a laptop?
Clearly running ESX directly on the laptop metal is not going to work, however I find I do most of my work inside VMWare Workstation and ideally I'd like my base OS to use as little cpu/ram/disk io as possible so my VMs can perform better.
I have found things like TinyXP that would suit me - unfortunetely this is not really legal.
Is there any recommended linux distro with this sort of application in mind? Or can I strip Win7 down to the bones? Win Server 2003/2008 worth looking at?
64 bit would be nice but I'm not sure its essential.
edit: my VMs are mainly windows with and the odd linux 'development appliance' preloaded with LAMP or similar.