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I Can't Seem to Find a way to Download KVM Off of Their Website [Solved]

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Last night, I was running Ubuntu MATE in Virtualbox, and when I was installing updates for it, it ate up too many resources and severely slowed down my computer. Even though I am running relatively-old hardware, and I did close down any programs I wasn't using (as @Tolkem suggested in a previous thread), I now find Virtualbox too bloated and resource-heavy. Because of this, I went to AlternativeTo.Net to find something that was lighter-weight, and found KVM. While it sounds like something right up my alley, the problem is they don't seem to have a download link for it. I've also gone to Software Manager to look for the program, and although there are packages for it, the program itself isn't on there either.
 


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What distribution are you running on your host system where you are currently using Virtualbox, you should be able to just install it using your package manager?
 

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Because of this, I went to AlternativeTo.Net to find something that was lighter-weight, and found KVM.
First, you already have KVM https://www.redhat.com/en/topics/virtualization/what-is-KVM and I quote
KVM is part of Linux. If you’ve got Linux 2.6.20 or newer, you’ve got KVM. KVM was first announced in 2006 and merged into the mainline Linux kernel version a year later. Because KVM is part of existing Linux code, it immediately benefits from every new Linux feature, fix, and advancement without additional engineering.
You can check with
Code:
sudo modinfo kvm
you might see something like this
Code:
sudo modinfo kvm
[sudo] password for root:  
filename: /lib/modules/5.3.18-lp152.72-default/kernel/arch/x86/kvm/kvm.ko
license: GPL
author: Qumranet
suserelease: openSUSE Leap 15.2
srcversion: 06E409C66A23B86FF496CFF
depends: irqbypass
retpoline: Y
intree: Y
name: kvm
vermagic: 5.3.18-lp152.72-default SMP mod_unload modversions
sig_id: PKCS#7
signer: openSUSE Secure Boot CA
What you're really looking for is QEMU. In the past, there used to be a qemu-kvm package but is now deprecated and all you need is qemu alone, then when invoking the program you use the
Code:
-accel kvm
flag to tell qemu to use it. You can use qemu either via CLI or GUI using virt-manager. Note that all of these can be installed from the pkg manager
Code:
sudo apt-get install qemu
or
Code:
sudo apt-get install virt-manager
there's no need to download anything, unless you plan to build it from source. I use qemu for my Linux guests which in my opinion does a better job and have VBox for a Windows 7 VM only since I've found that it handles it better.
 
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First, you already have KVM https://www.redhat.com/en/topics/virtualization/what-is-KVM and I quote

You can check with
Code:
sudo modinfo kvm
you might see something like this
Code:
sudo modinfo kvm
[sudo] password for root: 
filename: /lib/modules/5.3.18-lp152.72-default/kernel/arch/x86/kvm/kvm.ko
license: GPL
author: Qumranet
suserelease: openSUSE Leap 15.2[ATTACH type="full"]9156[/ATTACH]
srcversion: 06E409C66A23B86FF496CFF
depends: irqbypass
retpoline: Y
intree: Y
name: kvm
vermagic: 5.3.18-lp152.72-default SMP mod_unload modversions
sig_id: PKCS#7
signer: openSUSE Secure Boot CA
What you're really looking for is QEMU. In the past, there used to be a qemu-kvm package but is now deprecated and all you need is qemu alone, then when invoking the program you use the
Code:
-accel kvm
flag to tell qemu to use it. You can use qemu either via CLI or GUI using virt-manager. Note that all of these can be installed from the pkg manager
Code:
sudo apt-get install qemu
or
Code:
sudo apt-get install virt-manager
there's no need to download anything, unless you plan to build it from source. I use qemu for my Linux guests which in my opinion does a better job and have VBox for a Windows 7 VM only since I've found that it handles it better.

I'll admit I had a brainfart
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