QEMU is a free and open-source emulator. It emulates the machine's processor through dynamic binary translation and provides a set of different hardware and device models for the machine, enabling it to run a variety of guest operating systems

Website: https://www.qemu.org/


QEMU is packaged by most Linux distributions:

rlxos GNU/Linux:

pkgupd install qemu


pacman -S qemu


apt-get install qemu


dnf install @virtualization


emerge --ask app-emulation/qemu

Virtual Disk

We need a virtual disk that is needed to emulate the storage device and on that device we are going to install our rlxos.

    qemu-img create disk.img 10G

You can configure the disk size as per your requirement, rlxos need atleast 10GiB of disk space.

KVM Acceleration

QEMU is a type 2 hypervisor and emulate all of the virtual machine's resources, which can be extremely slow. Using KVM (Linux Kernel Module), which is a type 1 hypervisor for full virtualization and can be used as accelerator so that the physical CPU virtualization extensions can be used

So we need to check if the system supports KVM virtualization (most hardware does).

file /dev/kvm

and it should print something like

/dev/kvm: character special (../...)

Starting virtual machine

qemu-system-x86_64  \
    -m 4G           \
    -vga virtio     \
    -display default,show-cursor=on \
    -usb \
    -smp 2 \
    -cdrom **/path/to/rlxos.iso** \
    -drive file=disk.img,if=qcow2 \
    -enable-kvm \
    -cpu host \

Parameters you can customize

-mvirtual memory to allocate
-vgagraphics driver
-smpcpu core
-cdrompath to rlxos ISO
-enable-kvmif KVM is available

Now follow the installation and partition GUIDE as it is