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[Xen-users] Installing Xen on a MacBook Pro

  • To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Carl Patenaude Poulin <carlpaten@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:39:57 -0400
  • Delivery-date: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:32:46 +0000
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xen.org>


I'm an undergraduate student working on my senior project. I'm 
writing a unikernel targeting Xen. The only machine I own/have write 
access to is a MacBook Pro, and I'd like to install Xen on it.

I've been trying to get Xen to run on my machine for days, with no 
luck so far.
1. As far as I know, running OS X as Dom0 is impossible.
2. Dual-booting OS X and Ubuntu Server works, but after installing 
the xen-hypervisor-amd64 package, Ubuntu Server stops booting.
3. Idem with running Ubuntu Server + Xen inside a VirtualBox VM.

I thought point 2 was my best option. I believe that the problem 
with it is with the built-in OS X boot loader ("Startup Manager").

Does anyone here have experience with this? I'd rather not shell out 
for a server and have to deal with the added responsibility of 
administrating it.

Thanks in advance,

Carl Patenaude Poulin
McGill University

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