I am trying to create a VirtualBox linux virtual machine on which I want to mainly run Wine to install a windows application.

I managed to install Lubuntu 18.04.2, since it is the lightest Ubuntu Distro, but the exported .ova file from VirtualBox is 1.9GB. I am planning to share this VM with other people. So, 1.9GB is a lot to download.

I checked this website (enter link description here) and there is a Lubuntu 18.04.2 VM which has a size of 899MB. How did they do that?

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    Um... Why not install Windows in the VM? Is it due to a size restriction that you have? – Kusalananda Mar 27 '19 at 11:50
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    I want to share this VM with other users. Windows needs a license key. – Abdulrahman Kalbat Mar 27 '19 at 12:03
  • See also How to compact VirtualBox's VDI file size? – Sjoerd Mar 27 '19 at 12:20
  • @Sjoerd I used the method in your link but I am still not able to reach to the size of file from the website I mentioned in my main post. One thing I noticed is that their file is .vdi but my file is .ova – Abdulrahman Kalbat Mar 28 '19 at 6:53
  • Maybe the size of Swap file is effecting the size of the .ova file? Could anyone approve or disapprove this? – Abdulrahman Kalbat Mar 28 '19 at 9:29

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