I've got to port a 6000 line c++ program to linux. Eventually it will have to work on every distro AND on unix, but for the first few months I will have to develop with one vm loaded on vmware. Right now I know windows really well, and C++ of course, but not linux.
So can you recommend
(a) a distribution that can perform well with perhaps 512MB ram loaded on a VM
(b) a c++ compiler (or just use gcc ?)
(c) an IDE tool for editing and compiling C code similar to .net/msvc
(d) the best/most responsive remote desktop type tool for working in the VM without being in vmware interface on the server.