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I came into possession of 4 mini-ITX (or possible Nano-ITX) boards recently they were used in an old CD preview stand at a music store. They're not very powerful, but they're fast enough to run an embedded Windows XP off a 256MB IDE Flash Drive. I think they have about 256MB of RAM in each.

What I'd like to do with them is have them run a virtual desktop located on my home server, most likely some kind of lightweight Linux OS to play around with.

What are the basic minimums (spec wise) that I may need to get this project off the ground? What kind of VM software should I be looking at? Is this even viable?

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What you probably mean by "virtual desktop" is that you want to run X client on ITX boards.

You do not want GNOME or KDE, you want Xfce or Fluxbox. They could work fine even without your server. It all depends what do you want to accomplish, but I guess you'll have fun trying that out.

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I'd like to be able to have the computer act as a terminal with nothing more than essentially a Remote Desktop client installed on it. – Michael Frank Nov 11 '12 at 20:38
There are more than one small Linux distribution you can use, for my purposes I used a custom one on which I added Fluxbox. If you do not want to make custom distribution, type "small linux" in Google and first result will probably be good enough. That solves client side. On server you can put something which by default has more packages installed, not to waste too much time by installing dependencies, if you are not "at home" with Linux. Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSuSe are some rather popular distributions but any will do, it all depends as I wrote above, what do you want to accomplish. Have fun! – SpeedyGonsales Nov 11 '12 at 21:05

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