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Running Devuan OS in a virtual machine with qemu


To run Devuan with QEMU, you will need 5GB of free disk space, and qemu-kvm. On Debian, install it with apt-get install qemu-kvm.

Get the goodies


Verify the ISO integrity

First, verify that the SHA256SUMS file is genuine. The GnuPG key used to sign the ISO is: 0x73B35DA54ACB7D10.

gpg --recv-keys 0x73B35DA54ACB7D10 # that's jaromil's key
gpg --verify SHA256SUMS.asc

Should say: Good signature from "Denis Roio (Jaromil) <>"

Then compare the sums:

grep devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_CD.iso SHA256SUMS
sha256sum devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_CD.iso

Should say: 2fa1bf7d9b9ca3a948f9a658fe64d56f1679f4aa0bcd85c8a09ce4a3cbf4bc38.

Create a virtual disk

qemu-img create devuan_disk 5G

Boot the ISO

# First run: boot from the ISO
qemu-system-x86_64 -cdrom devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_CD.iso \
    -hda devuan_disk -boot d -net nic -net user -m 256 -localtime

Boot the installed system

qemu-system-x86_64 -hda devuan_disk -boot c -net nic -net user -m 256 -localtime

Tadaa! Enjoy datalove <3!

If you want speed, add the -enable-kvm option. You can also give it more RAM, connect with SSH (for local keyboard, until changed in X), and use VNC. Replace this last step:

qemu-system-x86_64 -enable-kvm -hda devuan_disk -boot c -net nic \
    -net user,hostfwd=tcp::5556-:22 -m 768 -vnc -localtime

Sharing a folder with the host

On the host:

mkdir ~/STUFF
touch ~/STUFF/hello_from_host
qemu-system-x86_64 -hda devuan_disk -boot c -net nic -net user -m 256 -localtime -fsdev local,id=STUFF,path=~/STUFF,security_model=none -device virtio-9p-pci,fsdev=STUFF,mount_tag=STUFF

On the guest:

# mkdir /home/STUFF
# mount -t 9p STUFF /home/STUFF
# ls /home/STUFF


with SSH:

ssh login: ssh -p 5556 localhost

Or with VNC:

vnc display: vncviewer localhost:0

Bugs? Who need'em?

Please report any issue to the Jessie 1.0.0-beta2 milestone.