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Re: [alpine-devel] advice for virtualization on desktop

From: Natanael Copa <>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:15:43 +0100

On Fri, 9 Dec 2011 07:09:24 -0600
Jesse Young <> wrote:

> I used to work with virtualbox, but I found that when I would run a
> guest for a couple of days it (the Windows XP guest) would crash. I
> switched to raw qemu-kvm to libvirtd/virt-manager.
> > In addition to N different alpine boxes I will install at least one
> > Windows 7 guest. I'd like to have an ubuntu guest and a fedora
> > guest. And fire up a random distro once in a while.
> >
> > So far, Xen dom0 boots up, but xorg seems to fail (Sandy bridge
> > graphics) Interestingly enough it seemed to work with the ATI card
> > even if switching to console with ctrl-alt-1 didnt work.
> >
> > I am having issues getting started with libvirtd. (how do i create a
> > new qemu guest? how do i start it, stop it?)
> I've been using the virt-manager (pygtk) utility with some
> success. it's fairily easy to work with. I couldn't get raw libvirtd
> working, too much XML crap, and no apparent starting point, so I
> looked up virt manager. I found libvirtd to be really obnoxious
> when it sticks it's fingers into my iptables/dnsmasq/radvd setup. I
> worked around this by setting the iptables path, etc. to /bin/true at
> configure time. So far I haven't come across any issues with it. If
> you're doing fancy network testing, you'd probably want to do this
> manually anyways. I was suprised libvirtd doesn't hand off it's
> networking configuration to a script.
> Just my 2c
> Jesse

Thanks for the feedback. I have similar feeling of libvirtd from the
experience I had with it when i used Arch Linux as desktop. It set up
dnsmasq and i dunno what.

Seems like simplest is to use plain qemu so far.


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