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Best OS to run VirtualBox on Intel PC

SAbboushi asked
Last Modified: 2012-09-10
I have a quad core PC (i72630QM 16GB RAM) W7 64

Needed a Linux app, so installed VirtualBox under W7 and installed Ubuntu

Now I am wondering why I don't run everything under VirtualBox...

I'm thinking I want a small footprint OS (maybe a future Chromium version) to run native (i.e. the boot OS) which supports VirtualBox; then I can have a W7 VM and a Ubuntu VM.  

My questions:
1) Such a setup would allow me to change hardware without having to reinstall any of the VM OS and apps from scratch, right?

2) What are you gurus out there doing?  

3) What boot OS to use and why?
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