I need to host a ssh server on a x86-64 Debian squeeze machine with no VT-extensions :(
I am using virtlib with qemu (set up and working).
I have tried a number of things and non have been perfect, so I was hoping to draw on your experience.
I am used to using Debian-based Linux distros, so sticking with them is desirable but by no means critical.
So far I have tried x86_64 squeeze with no desktop, X, ect. but it is painfully slow. If I
ps aux at any one time, there are loads of processes running, most of which are idling, but still.
I have also tried i386 damnsmalllinux in i686 qemu mode, once fluxbox and X had been terminated it was more than fast enough for my needs, but removing the desktop was a bad hack at best. I got it down to only handful of necessary processes which was good.
So my question is what makes DSL faster, is that it is kernel 2.4 and would installing Woody (Debian 3.0) yield similar results? Or was it that it was running x86-32 (on a 64bit host) or something else altogether.
If this were your system what would you do? Do you have any recommendations for a light distros that by default has no UI.