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Revision as of 22:04, 4 September 2009 by Buck (Talk | contribs) (note boot /bsd (uniprocessor kernel) works around mentioned OpenBSD (4.5) hang (on 4.0))

Guest Support Status

Windows Family

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
Windows 2008 R2 RTM 64 kvm-88 Intel 64 Works Installs and works with 1GB guest RAM. screenshot
Windows 7 RTM 32, 64 kvm-88 Intel 64 Works Installs and works with 1GB guest RAM. screenshot
Windows 7 RC 64 kvm-72+dfsg-5 Intel 64 Works Installs and works without any problem with 1GB guest RAM.
Windows 7 Beta 64 kvm-84 AMD 64 Works Installs and works without any problem with 512MB guest RAM.
Windows 7 Beta 32 kvm-83 Intel 32 Works Installed in about 25-30 minutes and worked flawlessly on my ThinkPad T60 (1953-7EU) with 1.5G of RAM
Windows 7 Beta 32 kvm-62 AMD 64 Works "-m 2048 -vnc :0 -usbdevice tablet -smp 2 -std-vga" on qcow2
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-84 Intel, AMD 64 Works (not Aero Glass capable) by Alexey.E.
Windows Vista Ultimate 32 kvm-84 Intel, AMD 64, 32 Works (not Aero Glass capable) 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-80, 2.6.27.7 AMD 64 no way install crashes
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 11 64 kvm-87 Intel 64 Fails Anaconda freezes
Fedora 11 32 kvm-87 Intel 64 Works
Fedora 11 BETA 32, 64 kvm-84 Intel 64 Fails by Alexey.E. Slowness and softlockups.
Fedora 10 32, 64 kvm-85 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E. Updated by Lennert.B.
Fedora 9 32, 64 kvm-85 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Fedora 8 32, 64 kvm-85 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
Fedora 7 32, 64 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 4 64 AMD 64 Works, slightly high idle cpu by MichaelKarliner
Fedora 3 64 kvm-78 AMD 64 Works by George Y. Requires noacpi in boot options
RHEL5 32, 64 kvm-85 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
RHEL4 32, 64 kvm-85 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Frank.Q. updated by Alexey.E.
RHEL3 32, 64 kvm-85 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Frank.Q. updated by Alexey.E.
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 7.3 32 kvm-78 AMD 64 Works -no-kvm is required for installation
Red Hat Linux 7 32 kvm-52 Intel, AMD 64 Crashes Fails on init. by Alexey.E.
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 9.04 64 kvm-84 Intel 64 Works It's actually Xubuntu but should be the same both block and net virtio devices working too
Ubuntu 8.10 32 kvm-85 Intel, AMD 32, 64 Works by Peter.v.V.
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 Lenny 5.0 32, 64 kvm-72/77 Intel 64 Works
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 11.1 32, 64 kvm-85 Intel, AMD 64 Works by Alexey.E.
openSUSE 11.0 32, 64 kvm-85 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 .2 32 kvm-36 Intel 32 Works
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.
Crux Linux 2.5 32 kvm-82 Intel 32 Works Boots Automatically at 'Guest Install' stage. Installs without issue. by Chris P

UNIX Family: BSD

Guest Guest bitness Host version Host cpu Host bitness Status Comments
OpenBSD 4.5 32 kvm-85 Intel 32 Crashes Use the e1000 driver [-net nic,model=e1000] to avoid lockups and slow network speeds. Crashes after "setting tty flags" - Jaco van der Schyff

4.0 would hang on me at the same place if i booted /bsd.mp but not if i boot /bsd (uniprocessor kernel) - Buck

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
FreeBSD 7.1 64 kvm-84 Intel 64 Works sdl graphics mess up if using kvm, setup with -nokvm then use ssh or -nographics and serial console
FreeBSD 7.2 64 kvm-86-3 Intel 64 Works, need to install from the DVD or CD image Damon Chesser, Jadase Staff
GNU/kFreeBSD 32 kvm-84 Intel 32 Works kvm module must be loaded with oos_shadow=0
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
NetBSD 5.0 64 kvm-88 Intel 64 Crashes/hangs Install CD image will crash or hang, depending on if ACPI is enabled or not. NetBSD 4.0 workarounds ineffective.
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
DragonflyBSD 2.2.1 32 kvm-85 Intel 64 Works not tried X

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 & 64 kvm-62 Intel 64 Mostly Works (see note) Note: the grub menu entry for Solaris 10 created by the installer is wrong, to make it work add kernel/unix 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-88 Intel 64 Works Works with "-cpu qemu32". Do not load emm386.exe inside config.sys screenshot
MS DOS 5.0 32 kvm-62 Intel 64 Works Installs and boots. Tested by Alan J.
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
FreeDOS 7 + Novell Netware 4.1 32 kvm-83 AMD 64 Works tested by Ruediger G. Biernat / screenshot