Virtual Machine

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Virtual Machine
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Generic virtual machine target. This is particularly useful when doing development and testing.


There are three different types of images: VirtualBox (.box), QEMU (.qcow2, .vdi) and Vagrant. The VirtualBox image may be converted to a VMware VMDK image which has been reported to perform better and have good hardware acceleration. Converting the qcow2 image to raw allows it to be used on real hardware.


Download latest .vdi.xz image, unpack it with "xz -d" command. Create new Virtual Machine, select "Debian (64-bit)" and 1024MB RAM. Use the downloaded file as virtual hard disk. You are done!


Not all QEMU versions might work, see this issue for a known working version, as well as a working qemu command line:

Real hardware

xz -d maemo-leste-1.0-amd64-virtual-20180425.qcow2.xz qemu-img convert -f qcow2 -O raw maemo-leste-1.0-amd64-virtual-20180425.qcow2 delme.img

Now you can copy delme.img ... to a spare harddrive? I tried with USB stick and could not get that to work.

Initial configuration

On the first run you may want to generate ssh host keys and set the timezone. To do so open the "X Terminal" application and run:

sudo su -
dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server
dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

Make the system up-to-date:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get install linux-image-amd64

To get networking to work (at least in virtualbox), launch a shell and do

sudo ifconfig eth0 up
sudo dhclient eth0