This example can be used to setup a minimal Linux installation for any task. In this tutorial however I am going to use kernel development as an example. Since the process I have used in the past have been from sporadic sources, I wanted to consolidate the information for my own need. This tutorial is the result of that effort. So that next time if I feel like doing something kernel related, I don’t have to start over again.
We are going to setup a minimal ubuntu installation (no GUI) for kernel development. Install ubuntu minimal from this link. For this tutorial I will use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS version in virtualbox with 17 GB space. Make sure the architecture (32-bit, 64-bit) matches that supported by virtualbox. In virtualbox select at least 2 cpu and half of system RAM (keep everything under the green line). Since we are going to install necessary package later on, you don’t have to install any special packages during the installation. Skip the package installation step and complete the installation.