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OSX-KVM Alternatives

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  • GitHub repo macOS-Simple-KVM

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NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts. Hence, a higher number means a better OSX-KVM alternative or higher similarity.


Posts where OSX-KVM has been mentioned. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects - the last one was on 2021-07-27.
  • For developers, Apple’s Safari is crap and outdated
    reddit.com/r/webdev | 2021-07-27
    I've had luck with (OSX-KVM](https://github.com/kholia/OSX-KVM). All I can say is that it works well enough to do the job. Graphics acceleration is not present out of the box though.
  • Run macOS on Linux with QEMU
    reddit.com/r/linux | 2021-07-22
    How is this better than this ?
    reddit.com/r/linux | 2021-07-22
    is this a fork of https://github.com/kholia/OSX-KVM otherwise what's the point?
  • Which option to choose to be able to use backup from my macbook pro and restore it on the linux kvm?
  • Looking Glass: Run a Windows VM on Linux in a Window with Native
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-07-17
    It depends on your internal GPU. If it's an Intel GPU, you could use vfio-mdev, which allows you to split your physical GPU into smaller counterparts. It will only work with the macOS version that are compatible with Intel GPUs (probably most of them).

    Have a look here for a guide on Archlinux : https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Intel_GVT-g. And here for a script to deploy macOS on KVM : https://github.com/kholia/OSX-KVM.

    Side-note : vfio-mdev can now be unlocked on consumer-grades Nvidia cards too : https://github.com/DualCoder/vgpu_unlock. Sadly, it is not possible for AMD-cards.

    By the way, I am working on Phyllome OS (https://phyllo.me/), which is an attempt to make it easier to do such things. But please don't tell anyone :)

  • Is macOS good for programming and music production? (Time to switch from Windows?)
  • First ever hackintosh! QEMU/KVM and there is still a lot to be done, but it has already been a great learning experience and lots of fun too
    Well I tried the baremetal first which took a couple of days since I was completely new to this. It isn't working rn and I'm trying to fix it, but in the meantime I used kholia's KVM solution and it worked (another didn't work for me due to old hardware but might work on newer hardware). Installation took about an hour (on SSD) after which it's now usable (kinda, since it sometimes freezes up after a while; have to sort that out)
  • I upgraded my Proxmox host from 2x E5-2670 to 2x E5-2687W v2, and boosted my Fusion 360 speed by 30%
    reddit.com/r/homelab | 2021-07-08
  • Old Pentium 4 Learns a New Trick with OS X Yosemite
    Install Yosemite on the supported system or via qemu with something like this – you might have to change the config, though that is its' own thing. If you need help configuring that, I can write a subsection here for that part.
  • MacOS KVM audio glitching
    Hello, I recently did a MacOS KVM using OSX-KVM, everything worked until I tried using audio. I passed my USB headphone, launched the vm and when I play a music/video, the audio starts glitching very badly after 2 seconds. I didn’t find anything to solve this problem. I also tried passing through my whole USB controller but the vm didn’t boot.
  • Intel GVT-d for macOS Big Sur 11.4 via libvirt (Intel Core i5 8400).
    reddit.com/r/VFIO | 2021-06-20
    macOS KVM: https://github.com/kholia/OSX-KVM
  • 🚀 Succesful Catalina Intel UHD 630 GVT-D passthrough with full QE/CI but with 'random' and cryptic panics
    reddit.com/r/VFIO | 2021-06-03
    Kholia has a popular KVM setup, in their notes they suggest adding this to the GRUB command line: iommu=pt intel_iommu=on vfio-pci.ids=1002:67df,1002:aaf0 kvm.ignore_msrs=1 video=vesafb:off,efifb:off (more here: https://github.com/kholia/OSX-KVM/blob/master/notes.md) here: https://github.com/kholia/OSX-KVM/blob/master/notes.md
  • Stuck at startup.nsh after installing MacOS using Sosumi.
    reddit.com/r/VFIO | 2021-05-30
    Try to use kholia, (https://github.com/kholia/OSX-KVM), its what I used and works like a charm. Btw, I read it says you need the edge version for it to work, maybe you missed that?
  • MacOS VM set up for Fusion 360 and Adobe.
    reddit.com/r/Fedora | 2021-05-29
  • Can I ask about MacOS in VM here?
    reddit.com/r/VFIO | 2021-05-26


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