[Freedombox-discuss] freedombox.img with qemu

tornow at riseup.net tornow at riseup.net
Sat Sep 15 14:04:58 UTC 2012

On Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:00:12 +0000

"Nick M. Daly" <nick.m.daly at gmail.com> writes: 
> > i am searching for a few days for any way to test the
> > freedombox.img... without owning a dreamplug.
> The easiest thing might be to check out the latest VirtualBox build:
>     https://www.betweennowhere.net/tracker/freedombox-unstable_2012.0909/freedombox-unstable_2012.0909_virtualbox-i386-hdd.tar.bz2
> You can download it over BitTorrent as well:
>     https://www.betweennowhere.net/tracker/freedombox-unstable.torrent

Hi Nick, 
thanks for the links. I will try it as soon as possible. For me
VirtualBox is much easier than qemu, and i think for some others too.

> Once you download it:
> 1. Decompress the image and create a new VirtualBox VM.
> 2. If you want to duplicate the DreamPlug experience, make sure to
> give it 512 MB RAM.
> 3. When it asks you about a "Virtual Hard Disk" select the .vdi file
> you extracted from the archive.
> 4. Make sure to go into your VM's settings and check the "Enable
> PAE/NX" box in the [System] -> [Processor] screen.
> That should be enough to let you boot the VM.
> In case anybody else wants to add to them, these instructions are on
> the wiki:
>     http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/VirtualBoxImages
> Nick

Thanks for the detailed instructions too.
I tried to convert img to vdi, which i found here:
$ vboxmanage convertfromraw freedombox-unstable_2012.0609.img \
but that didn't work (i assumed the reason was that VirtualBox doesn't
do arm). Simply doesn't boot. 
I will look at the wiki site about VirtualBoxImages. 

With all the arm devices out there i still wonder why so little
how-to-emulate-it are to be found (be it qemu, chroot, Vbox or
whatever might work).

thanks again;
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