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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 Professional (Final) 64 qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-1 ARCH-2.6.32 AMD 64 Works using 2CPUs and 2GB 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 NT Server 4.0 sp 1 32 kvm-72, 2.6.30 Intel 64 Works for networking use -net nic,model=ne2k_pci and install rtl8029 guest driver (included in guest OS cd)
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
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 64 kvm-88 Intel, AMD 64 Works 2009/10/22 by Christian Berendt / B1 Systems
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 Buggy virtio implementation (netinst), crc errors / segfaults after instalation.
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
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 32, 64 kvm-88 Intel, AMD 64 Works 2009/10/22 by Christian Berendt / B1 Systems
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 32 kvm-88 Intel, AMD 64 Works 2009/10/22 by Christian Berendt / B1 Systems
openSUSE 11.1 32, 64 kvm-88 Intel, AMD 64 Works 2009/10/22 by Christian Berendt / B1 Systems
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 4.6 32, 64 qemu-kvm-0.11.0-0ubuntu6.3 Intel 64 Works Need e1000 driver and disable mpbios (same as other OpenBSD >= 4.5 entries)
OpenBSD 4.6 32 kvm-84-7.6 AMD 32 Works Use the e1000 driver [-net nic,model=e1000]. Does not find the network after the installation (during install is fine) but disabling mpbios as suggested in 4.5 workaround fixes it.
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
4.5 can be made to boot by disabling mpbios as described here; this is a workaround though, not a fix - Maxim

OpenBSD 4.5 64 kvm-84 Intel 64 Works Use e1000 drivers. Install from CD works, but then you must do the following at the next boot prompt: "bsd -c", "disable mpbios", then "quit"

Make this permanent by using "config -ef /bsd" as root, once everything has booted. -- Garry Dolley

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
FreeBSD 8.0 32, 64 qemu-kvm-0.11.0-0ubuntu6.3 Intel 64 Works installed from full DVD, used NIC model=ne2k_pci
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.
MirBSD 2009/10 32 kvm_1:84+dfsg-0ubuntu12.4~hardy1 Intel Works Use of nic,model=e1000 is strongly recommended, ne2k variants work too, emulated Realtek are crappier than metal ones and do not work.
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
OpenSolaris 2009.06 32, 64 qemu-kvm-0.11.0-0ubuntu6.3 Intel 64 Works Used "-vga std" but don't recall why.

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
QNX 6.3.2 32 qemu-kvm 88, host kernel: 2.6.30 Intel 64 Works Use "-net nic,model=ne2k_pci" for network. See also [1]
QNX 6.4.1 32 qemu-kvm-0.11.0, 2.6.31.5 Intel 64 Works -


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