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Old 07-31-2020, 11:05 AM   #1
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Distribution: Slackware Current64, Xubuntu LTS
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Current64 - Kernel 5.8 - KVM vs VirtualBox & Vmware

I am an avid VirtualBox user -- my use case being running/testing liveCDs such as my (private) Current64-based fork of PartedMagic.
Kernel 5.8 seems to be a problem for Virtualbox ( as well as VMware (
Therefore (and as I do from time to time) I had a look at KVM/Qemu. I found a qemu package by AlienBob ( as well as one by Conraid ( AlienBob has no packages for libvirt or virt-manager, but Conraid has.
Defining/running a simple VM under AlienBob's qemu together with Conraid's libvirt and virt-manager gave a lot of "hardware" problems. Doing so with Conraid's qemu, libvirt and virt-manager was more successful (after a lot of failures - I found things to be less user-friendly than I am used to). Booting my ISO under KVM/Qemu takes longer than under VirtualBox (40 vs 23 seconds). Afterwards both implementations seem to perform comparably.
Google tells me that Gnome Boxes is the next thing after virt-manager. Alas I could not find a package or slackbuild to test things.
Anyone willing to share his/her experiences?

Last edited by burdi01; 07-31-2020 at 11:07 AM.
Old 08-01-2020, 12:55 PM   #2
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Distribution: slackware64-current
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I used ponce's SBo-git repository exclusively to build virt-manager and virt-viewer under current. No issues. See below for my build tree with comments. A number of packages have been added to current since I first went down this path. Also, I installed the deps one-by-one instead of using sqg so that I wouldn't miss anything during the build process.

	└> osinfo-db
		└> osinfo-db-tools
			└> json-glib *current
	└> vala *current
	└> libvirt # modify rc.local/shudown scripts  also review commented rc.libvirt options
		└> avahi # modify rc.local/shutdown scripts also groupadd/useradd per README
			└> libdaemon
		├> numactl
		└> yajl
	└> vala *current
	└> libvirt ^
		└> yajl ^
	├> vala *current
	└> meson *current
	├> opus *current
	└> spice
		├> lz4 *current
		├> opus *current
		├> pyparsing *current
		├> python-six *current
		└> spice-protocol
	├> usbredir
	└> vala *current
	├> spice ^
	├> device-tree-compiler
	├> libnfs
	├> libseccomp
	├> snappy
	├> usbredir ^
	├> vde2
	├> virglrenderer
	└> SDL2 *current

	├> gtk-vnc ^
	├> libvirt-glib ^
	└> spice-gtk ^

ovmf ---> modify /etc/libvirt/qemu.conf  # per README.sbo ---> enables UEFI
	rm /usr/share/qemu/firmware/*edk* # enable ovmf UEFI entries

Last edited by truepatriot76; 08-05-2020 at 02:21 AM.
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