We I recently have been talking about Virtual Machines and I wanted to look at Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake for many reasons. Getting everything installed was easy once I started the install in Graphics Safe mode. From there it was a simple easy to follow install. Now I can play with Linux or any thing else that I can get to run in the VM at will.
The only "downside" to Ubuntu is they don't install services with the operating system. I wanted SSH installed by default, but I must have missed that somewhere. It's one command to install SSHD on Ubuntu. "apt-get install openssh-server" A minute or so later I was using putty from my local machine to get CLI access to the server!