Is there a minimalistic operating system built purely for the purpose of running virtual machines (preferrably open source / otherwise free)?
If not, let's say I decided to do something like Linux From Scratch. What is the minimum I could get away with while still being able to run something like Virtual Box (or your recommended virtual machine middleware)?
The intention is to have a machine that I can use purely for the purpose of running virtual machines for test configurations on software (parallel or otherwise) in development. I would like to do this without having to run a full-fledged generic-use OS underneath the virtual machines, if possible (trying to get as much performance as possible for each virtual machine).