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Revision as of 11:32, 27 November 2008 by Technologov (Talk)


Windows Family

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
Windows Server 2008 (Datacenter) 64 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Windows Server 2008 (Datacenter) 32 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64, 32 Works by Alexey.E.
Windows Vista Ultimate 64 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64 Does not work Stopped working after kvm-75. Reported to work on kvm-72 (not Aero Glass capable) by by Alexey.E.
Windows Vista Ultimate 32 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64, 32 Does not work Stopped working after kvm-75. Reported to work on kvm-72 (not Aero Glass capable) by by Alexey.E.
Windows Server 2003 x64 64 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E. (setup is unstable, rerun several times)
Windows Server 2003 (Enterprise) 32 kvm-72 Intel 32, 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Windows Server 2003 (Enterprise) 32 kvm-72 AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Windows XP Pro x64 64 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E. (setup is unstable, rerun several times)
Windows XP Pro 32 kvm-72 Intel 32, 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Windows XP Pro 32 kvm-72 AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Windows 2000 Pro (SP4) 32 kvm-64 Intel, AMD 64 Works use Qcow2 format. (setup is unstable, rerun several times) by Alexey.E.
Windows 2000 Pro (SP4) 32 kvm-64 Intel 32 Works use Qcow2 format. (setup is unstable, rerun several times) by Alexey.E.
Windows 2000 Advanced Server 32 kvm-44 Intel 64 Works use Qcow2 format.
Windows 98SE 32 kvm-63 Intel 32 FAILS by Alexey.E. (halts when booting HIMEM)
Windows 98SE 32 kvm-44, 2.6.23-rc8 AMD 64, 32 no way
Windows 95 32 kvm-44, 2.6.23-rc8 AMD 64, 32 no way

Linux Family: Fedora/RedHat Derivatives

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
Fedora 10 64 kvm-79 Intel, AMD 64 Fails by Alexey.E. Random crashes/lockups. Bootloader cannot be installed.
Fedora 10 32 kvm-79 Intel, AMD 64 Fails by Alexey.E. Random crashes/lockups. Bootloader cannot be installed.
Fedora 9 64 kvm-75 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Fedora 9 32 kvm-75 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Fedora 8 64 kvm-75 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Fedora 8 32 kvm-75 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Fedora 7 64 kvm-75 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Fedora 7 32 kvm-75 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Fedora 6 32 kvm-26 Intel, AMD 32, 64 Works
Fedora 5 32, 64 kvm-12 Intel, AMD 32, 64 Works
Fedora 3 64 kvm-78 AMD 64 Works by George Y. Requires noacpi in boot options
RHEL5/CentOS 5 64 kvm-75 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
RHEL5/CentOS 5 32 kvm-75 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E. (SMP is unstable) (on AMD, you may need latest BIOS, even for UP)
CentOS 4.6 32 kvm-62 Intel 32 Works by EddyMulyono
RHEL4 64 kvm-64 Intel 64 Works by Frank.Q.
RHEL3 32 kvm-64 Intel 64 Works by Frank.Q.
Red Hat Linux 9 32 kvm-51 Intel 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Red Hat Linux 8 32 kvm-64 Intel 64 Crashes Fails on init. by Frank.Q.
Red Hat Linux 7 32 kvm-52 Intel, AMD 64 Crashes Fails on init. by Alexey.E.
Red Hat Linux 7.3 32 kvm-78 AMD 64 Works -no-kvm is required for installation, but not for production.
Trixbox (CentOS) 32 kvm-12 Intel 64 Works

Linux Family: Ubuntu/Debian Derivatives

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS 32, 64 kvm-64 Intel, AMD 32, 64 Works by Alexey.E. (some issues with virtio)
Ubuntu 7.10 32, 64 kvm-62 Intel,AMD 32, 64 Crashes, Workaround exists Install using Qemu, remove GFX boot. by Alexey.E.
Ubuntu 7.10 Server 64 kvm-60 AMD 64 Works No framebuffer (black screen at first). Hit enter to start installer.
Ubuntu 7.10 Server 32 kvm-60/61 Intel 64 Doesn't work Installer crashes (by Ryota Ozaki)
Ubuntu 7.04 32, 64 kvm-62 Intel,AMD 32, 64 Crashes, Workaround exists Install using Qemu, remove GFX boot. by Alexey.E.
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Server 32 kvm-20 Intel 32 Works use -no-acpi
Debian Etch 4.0 64 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Debian Etch 4.0 32 kvm-64 Intel 64, 32 Works by Alexey.E.
Debian Etch 4.0 32 kvm-64 AMD 64 FAILS, workaround exists by Alexey.E. (manually choose i586 kernel, do not use default "k7" kernel)
Debian Sarge 3.1 32 kvm-12 Intel 32 Works
Debian Sarge 3.1 32 kvm-12 Intel 64 Mostly works Install hangs, will install via -no-kvm. Runs fine after
Xandros 3 OCE 32 kvm-29 Intel 64 Works by Alexey.E.
KNOPPIX 5.1.1 32 kvm-18 Intel 64 Works use nmi_watchdog=0 or nolapic kernel parameter to boot
Knoppix 5.2 32 kvm-18 Intel 32 Works

Other Linux Distros

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
openSUSE 11.0 64 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
openSUSE 11.0 32 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
openSUSE 10.3 32 kvm-57 AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
openSUSE 10.3 32/64 kvm-64 Intel 64, 32 Crashes, Workaround exists Start kvm with -no-kvm for installation. Remove graphical GRUB. by Alexey.E.
openSUSE 10.2 32/64 kvm-28/kvm-51 Intel 64 Crashes, Workaround exists Start kvm with -no-kvm for installation. Remove graphical GRUB. by Alexey.E.
SUSE Linux 10.0 32 kvm-64 Intel 64, 32 Crashes, Workaround exists Start kvm with -no-kvm for installation. Remove graphical GRUB. by Alexey.E.
SUSE Linux 9.1 32 kvm-72 Intel/AMD 64, 32 Works by Alexey.E.
Slackware 12 32 kvm-36 Intel 32 Works
Slackware 11 32 kvm-15 Intel 64 Works using test26.s kernel
Qemu-Puppy 2.01-3 32 kvm-17/18 Intel 32 Works
Qemu-Puppy 2.13-1 32 kvm-17/18 Intel 32 Works
SystemRescueCD 0.3.4 32 kvm-18 Intel 64 Works Works fine, except for initial X-setting "cirrus" - changed to "vesa", then works.
Gentoo 2006.1 32 kvm-24 Intel 64 Works
Gentoo 2007.0 32 kvm-24 Intel 64 Works
Arch Linux (Duke) 32 kvm-17 AMD 64 Works Host: 2.6.21-ARCH, guest: 2.6.22-rc5-ARCH says "booting paravirtualized kernel on bare hardware"
Mandrake Linux 9.2 32 kvm-51 Intel 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Mandriva 2009 32/64 kvm-75 Intel 64 Crashes, Workaround exists start kvm with -no-kvm for installation. Remove graphical GRUB. by Alexey.E.
Mandriva 2008.1 32 kvm-64 Intel 64, 32 Crashes, Workaround exists start kvm with -no-kvm for installation. Remove graphical GRUB. by Alexey.E.
Mandriva 2008 32 kvm-51 Intel 64 Crashes, Workaround exists start kvm with -no-kvm for installation. Remove graphical GRUB. by Alexey.E.
Mandriva 2007 32 kvm-51 Intel 64 Crashes, Workaround exists start kvm with -no-kvm for installation. Remove graphical GRUB. by Alexey.E.

UNIX Family: BSD

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
OpenBSD 4.4 64 kvm-78 AMD 64 Works
OpenBSD 4.2 32 kvm-58 Intel 32 Works
OpenBSD 4.1 32 kvm-72 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
OpenBSD 4.0 64 kvm-12 Intel 64 Works
OpenBSD 4.0 32 kvm-16 + CVS Intel 64 Works
FreeBSD 6.1 32 kvm-17/18 Intel 32 Works
FreeBSD 6.2 64 kvm-12 AMD 64 Works
FreeBSD 6.2 32 kvm-16 + CVS AMD 64 Works
FreeBSD 6.3 32 Fedora 8 - kvm-37-7.fc8 Intel 64 works
FreeBSD 6.3 32 Debian Lenny, kvm-60 AMD 64 Works No issues in several weeks of testing. Freddie
FreeBSD 6.3 64 Debian Lenny, kvm-60 AMD 64 Works No issues in several weeks of testing. Freddie
FreeBSD 7.0 32 Debian Lenny, kvm-60 AMD 64 Works No issues in several weeks of testing. Tested with 1 and 2 virtual CPUs. Freddie
FreeBSD 7.0 64 Debian Lenny, kvm-60 AMD 64 Works No issues in several weeks of testing. Tested with 1 and 2 virtual CPUs. Freddie
FreeBSD 7.0 32 OpenSUSE 10.3 kvm-63 AMD 64 works disk i/o issues? "ad0: TIMEOUT - WRITE_DMA retrying (1 retry left) LBA=XXXXXXX"
FreeBSD 7.0 64 OpenSUSE 10.3 kvm-63 AMD 64 crashes after boot loader
GNU/kFreeBSD 64 kvm-15 AMD 64 Works
GNU/kFreeBSD 32 kvm-16 + CVS AMD 64 Works
NetBSD 3.1 32 kvm-17/18 Intel 32 Works
NetBSD 3.1 32 kvm-21 AMD 64 Works
NetBSD 4.0 32 kvm-60 Intel 64 Works avoid hangup on boot with --no-acpi and network card timeout by trying out a different card, e.g. -net nic,model=ne2k_pci
PC-BSD 1.4 32 kvm-56 Intel 64 Works By Alexey.E.
DragonflyBSD 1.10.1 32 kvm-58 Intel 64 Works avoid kvm-[64-67] which require -no-kvm-pit to work; use -net nic,model=e1000 to avoid network timeouts

UNIX Family: Solaris/OpenSolaris

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
Solaris 10 U1 32 kvm-12 Intel 64 Works later releases will detect the CPU is 64 bit capable and try to default to run a 64 bit kernel and fail, for those you have to override Solaris autodetection by adding "kernel/unix" to the kernel multiboot entry in GRUB
Solaris 10 U3 64 kvm-58 + patch Intel 64 Works needs additional patch to kvm for kvm kernel longmode
Nexenta Core 1.0 64 kvm-61 Intel 64 Works needs additional patch to kvm for kvm kernel longmode. Use -m 512 -net nic,model=e1000
OpenSolaris 2008.05 64 kvm-69 Intel 64 Works Use -m 512 -net nic,model=e1000
Milax 0.3.2 32 kvm-62 Intel 64 Works Use the kvm option -net nic,model=rtl8139 and add atapi-cd-dma-enabled=0,atapi-other-dma-enabled=0 to the kernel line in the grub menu for older releases of Milax http://www.milax.org/ in version 0.3.2 choose the Qemu grub menu entry ; tested on Ubuntu 8.04.1 by BerndSchemmer
Belenix 0.7.1 64 kvm-62 Intel 64 Works Note: older releases of Belenix only work in text mode; tested on Ubuntu 8.04.1 by BerndSchemmer
Solaris 10 U6 32 kvm-62 Intel 64 Works Note: the grub menu entry for Solaris 10 created by the installer is wrong, to make it work add unix/kernel to the line beginning with kernel ; tested on Ubuntu 8.04.1 by BerndSchemmer
OpenSolaris 2008.11 64 kvm-62 Intel 64 Works tested on Ubuntu 8.04.1 by BerndSchemmer

Other UNIX systems

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
Darwin 8.0.1 32 kvm-29 Intel 64 Crashes by Alexey.E.
MINIX 3.1.2a 32 kvm-71 Intel 64 Works
GNU hurd live CD (20051117) 32 kvm-28 Intel 32 Works Seems to have networking problems.
GNU/Hurd (Debian K14) 32 kvm-33 Intel 32 Works screenshot
GNU/Hurd (Debian K16) 32 kvm-69 AMD 64 Works avoid kvm-[64-67] which require -no-kvm-pit to work

Others

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
Haiku OS 32 kvm-12 AMD 64 Works screenshot
Amiga Research OS (AROS) 32 kvm-12 AMD 64 Works LiveCD tested. screenshot
Amiga Research OS (AROS) 32 kvm-58 Intel 32 Works LiveCD tested.
ReactOS 0.3.0 32 kvm-14 AMD 64 Works screenshot
FreeDOS 1.0 32 kvm-71 Intel 64 Works
MS DOS 6.22 32 kvm-28 Intel 32 Stops It seems to stop booting after HIMEM.
Syllable 0.61 32 kvm-29 Intel 64 Crashes by Alexey.E.
Visopsys 0.62 32 kvm-29 Intel 64 Crashes by Alexey.E.
Plan 9 32 kvm-68 Intel 64 Works needs -no-kvm-irqchip