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[Qemu-devel] Running Linux on Mac OS X

From: Steve Roy
Subject: [Qemu-devel] Running Linux on Mac OS X
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 16:26:30 -0400


I came upon Qemu as I was looking for a way to run Linux from Mac OS X. I'm a Java developer and need to test my software on Linux. I spend most of my time in Mac OS X and sometimes boots into Yellow Dog Linux for testing, but it would be very useful if I could just boot Linux directly without leaving Mac OS X.

I downloaded and installed Qemu for Mac OS X. I was able to successfully boot the linux.img from linux-test-xxx.tar.gz. Now I'm trying to move up to something more complete, so following the screen shots seen on <www.freeoszoo.org/screenshots.php> that show Mandrake 10 running on Mac OS X, I downloaded mandrake-10.0-x86.tar.bz2 from <www.freeoszoo.org/download.php>, and am trying to run it.

Just to make sure, I downloaded mandrake-10.0-x86.tar.bz2, which I decompressed with the tar tool to get mandrake-10.0-x86.img. Then I did this from a terminal window:

qemu -hda mandrake-10.0-x86.img -boot c -m 128 -std-vga -user-net

Which launches Linux and gets me to the login prompt. I type root, and the <www.freeoszoo.org/download.php> download page says it should boot directly into KDE, but all I get is the command line. How do I get a UI going?


Steve Roy <address@hidden>
Personal homepage: <http://homepage.mac.com/sroy>
Projects homepage: <http://www.roydesign.net>

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