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FlyingBlackbird

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Virtual machine to run x86 software on ppc64le a host
« on: February 01, 2020, 12:21:31 pm »
Is there any working virtual machine software available?

I saw a wiki page at voidlinux but I am not sure which features are exactly supported on Power9...

https://wiki.voidlinux.org/VirtualBox
« Last Edit: February 02, 2020, 02:10:49 am by FlyingBlackbird »

madscientist159

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Re: Virtual machine to run x86 software on ppc64le a host
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2020, 05:00:04 pm »
You're looking for qemu-system-x86_64.  Note that using it may or may not be legal, depending on jurisdiction and emulated CPU model, due to Intel/AMD x86 ISA patents / copyrights.

On the other hand, using QEMU to emulate OpenPOWER, RISC-V, SPARC, etc. should be perfectly clear (might want to verify SPARC ISA status, IANAL etc.).

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Re: Virtual machine to run x86 software on ppc64le a host
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2020, 10:32:53 pm »
It pretty much works, and many things can be made to work with qemu-user. hqemu is notably faster but less compatible.

https://www.talospace.com/2018/11/sometimes-its-necessary-running-x8664.html