I have this setup: A windows/x86 development box and a PandaBoard ES for testing with a linux on it. I would like to ask you for recommending a linux distribution that I would run in Hyper-V on my devbox that would be used only for compiling arm/linux binaries. After compiling these binaries I will copy them to an SD Memory Card and test them on PandaBoard.


  • Have you considered doing a cross compile from windows or does this not work in your scenario? – Rig Mar 2 '12 at 16:27

I use Zenwalk for whenever I need a real linux box (2.6 kernel + XFCE 4.8). It's not really a minimal distro (in the sense that DSL and Puppy are), but it feels fast and snappy in VirtualBox 4.1 with 1GB RAM allocated to it . The machine runs on a Windows 7 x64 host with a total of 4GB of RAM with hardware virtualization support and nested paging.

If you're going to use Linux frequently and/or for extended periods of time, why not consider dual booting with Windows rather than running it inside a VM?

Also, have you considered Cygwin? It provides quite a few linux tools on a Windows machine.

  • Thanks! I'm not considering dual booting, because I already have an established Windows devbox na Linux is only one of the targets that my software is targeting among all the arm-based platforms that I'm supporting. – Karim Agha Mar 2 '12 at 16:25
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    Understood, edited my post to include the Cygwin option. Have you considered that? – Bhargav Bhat Mar 2 '12 at 16:28

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