I’ve recently tried to install Gnome Boxes on my computers. Mainly because I wanted to test how it performance against Virtualbox. Virtualbox is currently still owned by Oracle, and they don’t have a great track record with free software. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have an eye on alternatives to the products they provide.

While the main installation went fine I wasn’t able to get a VM up and running. When I launched Boxes from the command line, it showed me this error message:

    Failed to start windows-10: Unable to start domain: unsupported configuration: CPU mode 'custom' for x86_64 kvm domain on x86_64 host is not supported by hypervisor

After a bit of searching around I’ve found this bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-boxes/+bug/1762205

The last post from Stephen Matin contained the solution. You basically have to do the following:

    sudo apt install gnome-boxes qemu-kvm libvirt-bin

    sudo usermod -a -G kvm $USER

    sudo sed -i -e 's/\#group\ =\ "root"/group=kvm/g' /etc/libvirt/qemu.conf

Now you can restart your computer and Gnome Boxes should work as expected. I found Gnome Boxes to work quite well for my uses. However, there still some features missing. For example bridging the network interface or a better way to share data between the host and the client.

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