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running GuixSD on a VM (was Re: Enjoying GuixSD)

From: Giovanni Biscuolo
Subject: running GuixSD on a VM (was Re: Enjoying GuixSD)
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:09:39 +0100


Brett Gilio <address@hidden> writes:

> Brian Woodcox writes:
>> P.S.  If anyone feels energetic and has the time, it would be nice to
>> have a recipe to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions into GuixSD.
>> Then I can get copy and paste to work. :)


> Somebody may have to correct me on this, but I believe VirtualBox's
> Guest Additions have a freedom issue

yes, confirmed 100%: AFAIK VirtualBox Guest Additions are part of the
binary Extension Pack, distributed with the non-free VirtualBox Personal
Use and Evaluation License (PUEL) [1]

see Debian for details
(guest additions is in the non-free section)

> so you will be unlikely to find a
> recipe to get it packaged for installation. I apologize on that front,

Oracle should apologize :-)

> however I do recommend you use QEMU instead if possible in KVM, that way
> you can use the fully free VirtIO bundle for acceleration and achieving
> full screen with proper resolution and so on.

confirmed: QEMU/KVM it the right solution for our VM needs

GuixSD manual have instructions for this:

if users are not comfortable with CLI interfaces (e.g. virsh) to manage
virtualization, they can install virt-manager
and enjoy it's GUI and installation wizards 



Giovanni Biscuolo

Xelera IT Infrastructures

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